The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Trailer Watch)

This is the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now I’m a Peter Jackson fanboy as evidenced by the place I gave An Unexpected Journey here. Other reviewers weren’t so generous. But for me Peter Jackson is such an excellent storyteller I can handle a few unnecessary scenes, because those unnecessary scenes will still be awesome. This new trailer showcases one of the key methods he uses to so excellently adapt Tolkien’s work. He takes the words Tolkien has written but he alters the tone with which those words are spoken. This gives them new meaning. The trailer seems to centre itself around the coming sense of dread but is downplaying Smaugs part in it. Instead it seems to be *Spoiler Alert* foreshadowing Thorin Oakenshield turning on the Elves and men who help him reclaim the mountain. In the books he stubbornly refuses to relinquish any of his hoard, being too greedy to accept any claim other than his own. Here he seems to be descending into madness brought on by the weight of his quest. Jackson did this with Lord of the Rings and now he’s doing it here, using the visual medium to deepen the meaning behind books. He can handle the coming storm better than any director alive. Just listen to every line of dialogue spoken in this trailer, they are said with such bass, such gravitas each word sounds the distant rumble of thunder.