Dear Peter Jackson: thank you for a full two and a half minute trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for Christmas. The movie is a year away, but this is a fine beginning. The trailer captures the light, adventuresome tone of the book in just the way I dreamed it would. Really, in the way I knew it would. Jackson and his team have earned every ounce of the faith fans put in them.
The trailer shows all the dwarves, Bilbo, Gandalf, Galadriel, cave trolls, and the stunning landscape of Middle Earth. Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield especially made an impression. In just his few seconds of screen time, he showed how he is owning the character. He leads the dwarves in a somber song about the Misty Mountains, and it will give you goosebumps even after the fifth viewing (or fifteenth – not that I watched it so many times). Jackson carefully blended these new aspects with the familiar. Gollum makes an appearance and so does the One Ring.
I can’t wait to see more. Is it December 2012 yet?
Watch the trailer after the break. Bonus points if you know the names of all the dwarves.
(via The Hobbit Facebook page)