The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has dropped what has to be one of the most anticipated trailers in recent history.
The big moment when moviegoers make their long-awaited return to Middle Earth is still far on the horizon when this first of the two-part epic hits December 14, 2012. However, it will be spectacular trailers like this one that can easily hold fans over until that day.
Indeed, it is safe to say that it lives up to the incalculable expectations that have been brewing with fans over the years.
No more talking, it's time to finally see for yourself below!
From the moment this epic trailer begins, it's quite apparent that the film's prequel status might be better described as the greatest flashback ever. Ian Holm's older Bilbo sets the context as he regales Frodo with the story that made Bilbo the most famous Hobbit this side of the Shire. From that point, Martin Freeman takes over with an uncanny resemblance and settles into the role with the perfect mix of dramatic and comedic timing.
Fans of the book will notice (and be relieved to see) how its quirkiness and nuances, such as bursts of random songs and the handling thirteen eccentric dwarven companions are integrated into director, Peter Jackson's grandiose vision of Middle Earth with relative ease. We are absolutely back in the Middle Earth of Jackson's now-legendary Lord of the Rings trilogy, without a single step lost.
Additionally, we also get quick glimpses of elements that were not covered within the confines of J.R.R. Tolkien's original work, such as the presence of Cate Blanchett's Galadriel and Gandalf's solo adventure to investigate the appearance of "The Necromancer," who will indeed turn out to be the evil Dark Lord Sauron himself.
Finally, we get Andy Serkis back as Gollum, fulfilling the iconic moment when Bilbo first meets the pasty ring-addict, leading him to unwittingly end up with the One Ring to rule them all. -- It's a scene that rounds the trailer out as something that not only lives up to what fans have waited nearly a decade to see, but also whets the appetite even more. Essentially, it's everything it should be!
/unobjective fanboy praise