Will “Desolation” be the Empire Strikes Back of the Middle Earth franchise?

Smaug Dwarves

Not since the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has Peter Jackson released a more enticing movie trailer for his Middle Earth films.  This full-length “sneak peek” for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at three minutes includes so many characters, so many locations, so many great sets and costumes, that the waiting until December 13 for its release is going to be… well, the hardest part.

Smaug epic quest

So much action and destinations on this epic journey of Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, and Thorin Oakenshield and his band of Dwarves, makes us wonder whether this could possibly be the sequel of sequels in Peter Jackson’s arsenal.  We of course loved both The Lord of the Rings installments of The Two Towers and The Return of the King.  But like The Empire Strikes Back was for George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy, will this be the grand opus for Peter Jackson?

Desolation of Smaug Elfking

Check out this final trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and those who fear dragons dare not tread here:

We always cringe a bit when movie trailers reveal almost too much information instead of let us be surprised by the sights, sounds, and key dialogue upon the actual movie viewing in the theater.  And combining this footage with the past previews makes us want to try to edit the entire film together.  Hopefully Jackson has held a lot back.  But the always funny Martin Freeman has a really good line in this preview.

Arkenstone what's that Bilbo

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will no doubt be the high point of the holiday movie season.  Look for early ticket sales in your local theaters for its December 13, 2013, premiere coming soon.

C.J. Bunce

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