'The Hobbit' Trailer Is Kind Of A Letdown

Posted 10:02 PM December 20th, 2011 by Binh Ngo

The Hobbit trailer is out and we have it embedded below. Read on for my description and thoughts on the trailer. Cue the theme music for the Shire...

The trailer starts off the Bilbo Baggin's voiceovering over a scene in which Bilbo comes out of his house to greet Frodo. He told Frodo that while he had always told the truth about what happened during his adventures, he didn't tell him everything.

The trailer then cuts to Gandalf telling Bilbo that he's looking for someone to share in an adventure. The way he said it suggests to Bilbo that he won't be able to refuse Gandalf's request. Gandalf then introduces the dwarves one after another, ending with the leader of the expedition: Thorin Oakenshield.

Thorin starts singing, and one by one, the other dwarves join in. While the dwarves' song plays in the background, we are treated to various locations the expedition will pass by like caves and tall staircases without any railings, and lush elven lands. There is also a scene where Bilbo draws out a sword (Sting, perhaps?).

The trailer then cuts to Thorin telling Gandalf that he can neither guarantee Bilbo's safety nor be responsible for his fate. Then a couple action scenes flashes by as well as one where a bunch of dwarves fell on top of one another after being caught off guard by the sudden opening of a door.

Bilbo asks Gandalf if he knows whether or not he will come back from this adventure, to which Gandalf replies no, but if he does, he won't be the same. The trailer ends in a cave where Bilbo tells Gollum his name.

And so ends the much anticipated trailer for the first Hobbit movie. To be frank, the trailer is kind of a letdown. It is not because the movie looks like it is poorly done, but because the movie is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings movies, which most of us have seen. We know what will happen to all the characters so it's difficult to be surprised by the events in the movie.

The stakes are so much lower here as well. In the Lord of the Rings, the world is on the brink of being overrun by Sauron's army horde; in The Hobbit, a group of dwarves just want to reclaim their home. Taken for what it is though, The Hobbit will still stand on its own, just don't expect to see Lord of the Rings here.

Check out more screenshots from the trailer here.

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