First Hobbit Trailer: Haven't We Met Before?

From the director of The Lovely Bones and the producer of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark comes... this. What can I say? It's a year away and it's going to make a fucking fortune.

[via Apple]


  • Jen Yamato says:

    Everybody now -- "In the Middle of Earth, in the land of Shire/ lives a brave little Hobbit whom we all admire... Bilbooooo--- Bilbo Baggins, he's only three feet taaaaaaall..."

  • rainestorm says:

    There's really no reason for this to be two movies.

  • CineRam says:

    Gandalf may not be able to promise Bilbo's return to The Shire...BUT I CAN. I've seen it! Onscreen!

  • TheContext says:

    That's how I felt until I went back and re-read the Hobbit over the summer. There's really a lot more bulk to the story than I remembered from reading it as a kid, plus Jackson wants to flesh it out with stuff about the White Council and such that ties into the existing franchise. It think it'll work this way.

  • Cameron says:

    Yeah, it looks like they were struggling to come up with enough material to fill a trailer, let alone two movies. It looks gorgeous, super high production values etc, but it felt like something was missing. It felt a little souless. I'm not trying to be a contrarian, this is honestly how I felt, and I thought the Lord of the Rings was an incredible achievement. This smacked a little of one too many visits to the well.

  • Charles says:

    In light of Peter Jackson's work after LOTR, I just hope this doesn't turn out to be "The Godfather Part III." And "IV."

  • casting couch says:

    You realize it's a full YEAR till this movie is finished and the first part is in cinemas, right? This is just a taste of the final product. There are still hundreds of effects shots to complete. This will be an event movie in two parts.

  • rainestorm says:

    'The Return of the King' WAS 'The Godfather Part III'... if 'The Godfather Part III' had been truly, horribly awful.

  • Charles says:

    So then we're in agreement about Jackson. It's just a matter of when the decline started.

  • rainestorm says:

    He delivered an amazingly solid film with 'The Two Towers' but for 'The Return of the King' it's as if he was coked up AND on acid. There's such a steep decline in quality between the two films that it's dizzying.

  • Charles says:

    That's the first time I've heard anyone make that claim. In fact, I've heard just the opposite -- that while "Two Towers" is a bit weaker than the other two, overall the series is very even in tone and of a remarkably high quality. And of course I agree.

  • rainestorm says:

    It's quite sad because 'The Return of the King' is pretty much unwatchable and destroys what is otherwise an exceptional series.

  • SVRN says:

    @cameron and others saying this trailer is lacking something - they are still shooting the damn movie!! of course they are scraping together scenes for this - half of them haven't even been shot yet. and then of the ones that have, there would be so many effects to complete that would still be unfinished they are left with a handful of scenes that they can cut together to form this trailer. i expected a lot less than this personally.

  • Monty says:

    The production,I think, has tried very hard in keeping with the literary publication through-out the series and overall I was very impressed at how well the captured the imagination of J.R.R.Tolkin...However I remember what a smash Star Wars was as a child, and the came Episodes 1,2 and 3...those didn't go over as big as the makers had hoped for...the dream had sorta fizzled out after 20 years....I hope making this film last doesn't have the same results...after all, we already know how the story ends.