The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Saturday, December 14, 2013

With the middle chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy hitting the screens this weekend, The Daily Zombies takes a final look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug through the all-consuming marketing campaign set up by Warner Bros. Pictures for the much-anticipated film. 

In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, fans of both the original 1937 novel written by the legendary J. R. R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson's very own critically acclaimed Lord of the Ring trilogy took an "Unexpected Journey" back to the Middle-earth in all its high frame rate glory last year. While the film's box office success is undeniable, the critical reaction was not equivalent to that of the Lord of the Ring trilogy. Both the high frame rate technology and an unabashedly drawn-out storyline were some of the most debated points of the film with some even doubting the capabilities of the acclaimed New Zealand film-maker. 

Here at The Daily Zombies, we find the surprisingly earnest adventures and the visual treats to be exactly what we expected for the adaptation of The Hobbit, especially given the fact that this is after all written with the intention to be less dark than The Lord of the Ring by Tolkien. And for more stunning swashbuckling action adventures, there isn't really any other films that are up to speed with The Hobbit, an obvious labor of love from Jackson and crew. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we will get to see more additional characters and further drawn-out storylines that are not in the original novel, but even at his worst, Jackson is a truly visionary film-maker that can at least entertain you and with the middle chapter of this new prequel trilogy, we expect nothing less. With additions such as Benedict Cumberbatch lending his voice as Smaug, the eponymous desolated Dragon; Orlando Bloom's return to the role that made his career, Legolas; the underrated Lee Pace as Thranduil, the Elvenking and father of Legolas, Evangeline Tilly as Tauriel, an elf character created for the film, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, we can certainly expect more adventures filling up the prolonged arc.

Hit the jump as we look at some of the promotional materials from the film's extensive marketing campaign.

In this latest trailer, fans are promised an extended sneak peek at the film.

The clip from the recent Hobbit Fan Event. 

Courtesy of Air New Zealand, Smaug soars in the sky in this specially-commissioned Boeing 777-300ER from Air New Zealand.

The end credit theme “I See Fire” by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Here are the recently-released posters for the film.

The typically awesome banners for the film.

The character poster set.

Another set of character poster.

A set of international character posters.

Official set images for the film in high resolution.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

"The Desolation of Smaug," the second chapter of The Hobbit Trilogy, is currently available in all fine theaters, while the concluding chapter, "There and Back Again," is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014. 


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