This is traditionally the time of year of good little boys and girls look forward to great presents from a fat, gray-bearded elf — and, boy, did Peter Jackson ever deliver! OK, so the director lost a ton of weight and his beard is still dark; and he’s a kiwi, not an elf. But he still came up with some truly amazing gifts for fans who cannot wait for the December 2012 release of his latest masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — an awe-inspiring poster and a kick-ass teaser trailer!
Feast your eyes on this terrific poster. It depicts the titular hero, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) stepping out of his cozy hobbit-hole and out into a wide, mysterious — and possibly sinister [look at those black clouds!) — world beyond the friendly confines of Bag End and The Shire. The image is off-kilter, mimicking the way Bilbo’s world has been knocked off its axis by a visit from Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan). I love the way this poster is so low-key, yet absolutely screams adventure! Bilbo does not know what he’s getting himself into by taking on this quest.
And that’s just the freakin’ poster! We were also treated to an atmospheric trailer that also teases high adventure and thrills of every kind. Check it out:
How awesome is that? It has everything a trailer for this movie needs: excitement, grandeur, adventure, portent, foreboding, enigmatic pronouncements from the wizard — and a mischievous sense of fun. And how about that…er, “Precious” cameo at the end? The dwarvish chanting is taken up by the orchestral score, which swells mightily and adds to the widescreen feel. This movie is going to be epic, and this is the trailer it deserves. I know I’m overusing the word epic, but I’m sorry, there is just no other word to use.
And what else would we expect from the Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
Happy holidays, denizens of Middle Earth! And thank you, “Santa” Peter Jackson!