In addition to my recent Trailer Review for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes a wonderful further explanation from the popular Tolkien fan site, TheOneRing.net, about why exactly the teaser succeeds so well in portraying the first look at the upcoming fantasy films from director Peter Jackson.
It should be quite obvious from the Lord of the Rings trilogy that huge set pieces and epic visuals are still secondary to the strength and development of the world’s characters, which are ultimately what we as audiences find to relate to when we watch or take part in any story.
Here’s a brief sample of their analysis:
There are many cool things and great moments in the teaser trailer that finally came out just a week and half ago. But, silly lists aside, there’s a lot of interesting stuff at work in this trailer: for what it includes AND for what it omits. One of the things that struck me immediately was the emphasis on character. It’s enormous.
There’s some justification for that: Jackson and his minions need to introduce a core cast of 15. That’s a lot of different people that the audience has to invest in… and differentiate between. (Before you read on, I must warn you: this is inevitably a spoiler-filled discussion)
Thus we have the venerable-looking Balin, brawler Dwalin, the impish Fili, action-dwarf Kili, the accident-prone food-loving Bombur and the regal-looking Thorin. Just to name a few of the company.
On top of this, Jackson deploys the mournful dirge Misty Mountains Cold to emphasise familial bonds, dwarvish clannishness and an intense sense of shared purpose. For effect, it beats anything else in this trailer into the ground.
Still, could you identify each of the different dwarves in a line-up? I tell you honestly, I can’t yet… and I’m paying much more attention than a casual fan.
Expect the hard sell on the dwarves to continue right up to December 14, 2012.
For the full article, head on over to TheOneRing.net!
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