After viewing the trailer for Peter Jackson’s telling of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” I can only say I got chills up and down my spine. Jackson has not only recaptured the look of Middle Earth, but he has brought back the warm and cool atmospheric tones relevant to the mood of each scene. It’s like returning to a familiar place and visiting old friends.
In the trailer, Bilbo tells Frodo that he has told him the truth about his adventures, but not all of it. From there, we are introduced to Gandalf the Grey, all of the dwarves, the song of the lost Kingdom of Erebor, Rivendell with the broken sword from the King of Gondor, Galadriel, the map, the goblin’s cave, Bilbo’s sword “Sting,” fights with a goblin and trolls, the “One Ring,” and the silhouette of the always hungry Gollum.
If the cinematography and continuity in “The Hobbit” films live up to the trailer, then audiences will be thoroughly pleased with Jackson’s near faithfulness to the source material. This will undoubtedly be another epic tale, but for a new generation. The only concern is fans will have to wait a year. Until then, chip the glasses and crack the plates! That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!
Currently in production, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is scheduled to open in theaters on December 14th, 2012. The film will star Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lily, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Aidan Turner, Brian Blessed (rumored,) James Nesbitt, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Graham McTavish, Dominic Keating (rumored,) Barry Humphries, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, Ken Stott, Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, Stephen Hunter, John Callen, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, Michael Mizrahi, Ryan Gage, Renee Cataldo, and Ray Henwood. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from the story by J.R.R. Tolkien. Peter Jackson directs.