After coming out with all sorts of awesome superhero movies… “Guardians of the Galaxy” seemed like a weird decision for Marvel Studios. Seriously, a wacky space adventure with a talking raccoon and an Ent? Seriously?
Dresden spends so much time talking about women, and thinking inapropriatly about them, and describing women.
And yet in 15 books he’s had only 2 girlfriends, one who was brainwashed in to keeping him busy and the other left him and was eventually killed by him, also the worst kept secret crush…
And don’t forget that his first girlfriend (and as far as we know, the only pre-Susan one) he thought he killed years ago.
It’s amazing he’s as normal with women as he is. Perhaps him staring at them and detailing their appearance is a defense mechanism…
I like the setup of this scene — it shows the beauty of Erebor that we haven’t really gotten to see on an intimate level. The pillars around Bilbo look green and almost glittery. Marble? Probably.
We also see a statue under the skylight (Aule?) and a pair of hanging lanterns. I’m not sure where in the story this is supposed to be, but there is an object placed in front of the statue that might be a coffin. This would also tie in well with Bilbo’s opening monologue about remembering all those who lived and died, which appears to take place at the same time (judging by the green stone around him).
No one can say this trailer isn’t honest. It’s pretty forthright about what will happen: there will be death, tragedy, and it will hit really close to home.
I’m fairly sure that she’s in Dale, especially since she’s surrounded by people who look pretty human. They also seem to be restraining a mob in the background, but I’m not sure why.
A bit reminiscent of the hours preceding the Battle of Helm’s Deep. Gandalf just gallops in, amidst the people arming themselves and preparing for battle.
You know, if the movie poster left you in any doubt. I do wonder why he seems to be aiming his flame at the water canal between houses, rather than at the buildings themselves. He’s still effective, but I sort of wonder why.
I also wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch will actually say anything in the next movie, since the rest of Smaug’s role is pretty much setting fire to anything that will burn.
Well, if you needed to be told what happens when a dragon attacks a city made entirely out of wood… the sight of the smoking, charred remains of Laketown in this shot will make it pretty obvious.
I’m assuming this is the morning after the attack, since the people of Laketown are all hunkered down in sad little cloth tents that look like repurposed boat sails.
And Legolas and Tauriel are the only Elves in sight, meaning it can’t be too long after the attack. I assume Jackson is keeping in the part about Thranduil and the Wood-Elves giving aid (ie food and shelter) to the Laketowners.
Lovely big sweeping shot of the region, which really shows off the beauty of it. And of course, we get another shot of Laketown as a smoking, smoldering cinder in the heart of the lake, while little streams of evacuees stumble over the mountainous areas surrounding it.
I must say, I have mixed feelings about this. It’s a little weird to have the main sound of this teaser be a song sung by a character who, at this point, will not be born for several decades. It kind of snapped me out of the rhythm of the story.
On the other hand, it is a beautiful song, and it has the mixture of wonder and despair that fits this story really well. There is evil rising, and you can already tell that there will be tragedy before Bilbo returns home.
Not sure which ones, but I think they might include Gloin and Fili. I hope the lead one ISN’T Fili, because I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t know where he was going.
Holy shit, Erebor is complex. I would get lost for weeks in that place.
And the dwarves love their statues, don’t they? The ancient Egyptians couldn’t compete.
Well, this pretty obviously is not during the restoration of Erebor proper, as Kili is one of the people helping lift a giant fallen dwarf statue’s head. And, well… we know that he won’t be.
(Ori is also involved, judging by the fingerless mittens)
It’s a nice little moment, and it reminds us of why the dwarves ultimately want to reclaim Erebor — they wanted their home back, and wanted to restore it to its former glory.
He’s looking a bit Aragornish here. I’m not sure if that’s Luke Evans’ acting, or if they made some subtle cosmetic changes to make him look less like a grubby boatman.
Nice to finally see one of my favorite elves preparing to kick ass. Thranduil looks pretty wary here, since he is not only fully armored but has his sword out and ready.
And I can see why. While the area around him seems deserted, there are bodies lying on the ground, and at least one of them has a black-fletched arrow coming from its back. Another seems to be clutching a weapon. So I guess orcs are coming to Dale’s ruins, and they ambush at least a few people.
One thing I must wonder: why is he alone? Yes, he is a seasoned, battle-hardened elf warrior with 150% badassitude… but he’s also wandering through an abandoned city full of places for enemies to hide, and he KNOWS they are there. Shouldn’t he have a few other elves to back him up and make sure their king doesn’t get overwhelmed by enemies?
Ye gods, does Galadriel not own shoes? She always seems to be barefoot whenever we see her feet. I know she’s an ethereal elf and whatnot, and going through Lothlorien without shoes is no big deal, but you don’t want to go through Dol Guldur BAREFOOT.
And I’m assuming that IS Dol Guldur, and her presence is her rescuing Gandalf, since we see him bloodied and in rather rough shape. Again, this is a lovely little moment to highlight their friendship. And it really adds depth to her reaction in LOTR when she realized “He has fallen into shadow” — even if she probably knew he would be returning, since his purpose had not been fulfilled. She treats him here like a beloved brother.
They already touched on the whole dragon sickness thing in the prior movies, hinting that Thorin’s grandfather fell prey to it in the first, and showing the first stirrings of it in Thorin in the second. And judging by Thorin going to look at the treasure alone (like Thror) and his odd shifty-eyed expression… yeah, he’s got it.
But I have to wonder: is the dragon disease (in the movies) supposed to be something that takes place with other spiritual corruption? Thror was not a very nice person, as evidenced by his deliberate public humiliation of Thranduil, who to our knowledge had not done anything nasty to him. He was prideful as well, since he wanted everyone to bow to him.
Thorin had access to the gold in those younger, more innocent days — but it didn’t seem to affect him. He didn’t seem to really care. Now he’s had decades of anger, resentment and wounded pride festering in his soul… and suddenly the gold is more important than it should be.
… while Bilbo watches in his mithril shirt, looking confused and very much apart.
This shot shows the seriousness of the situation, since it contains the three most mischievous, jolly dwarves — Fili, Kili and Bofur — covered in hardcore battle armor and stern of face.
And, symbolically, we have the dwarves marching between Bilbo and Thorin. They face each other, with wildly differing viewpoints on war, gold, battle… they no longer understand each other, and what they see in the friends heading off to war is completely different.
Not much to say here, except that it seems to be shortly after/before the previous shot of Legolas, since we can see a makeshift cloth tent behind him.
As for why he looks away… I wonder if either orcs and/or the Wood-Elves are approaching, and he can hear them when the human Bard cannot.
Where Bard is momentarily spooked by the Elves suddenly changing formation to allow him to pass between them… presumably to Thranduil. Well, this is a big moment — he doesn’t just have to protect the people formerly of Laketown, but also parlay with the Elvenking.
I do hope that they highlight Thranduil’s support for Bard in the movie. I always liked that in the book they seemed to be, if not friends, then at least amiable allies with respect for each other.
Looks like roughly the same war-armor as in the first Hobbit movie. It’s interesting that it somewhat resembles the High Elf armor in the first LOTR movie, but it also has a distinctively different helmet design — those were more like Romano-Grecian helmets, with a crest over the top of the head. The Galadhrim helmets had a crest as well, but it was more towards the front than the back.
These have a flat crest parallel to the face, and which give them a sort of abstract antlery look. Given the antlers present in Thranduil’s steed and throne, I doubt this is accidental.
Yeah, this looks like the kind of chariot the dwarves would come up with — technologically complex, dangerous, and BIG. It needs some snow tires, though — they’re sliding and crashing into things like crazy, possibly because they are ON THE FRICKING ICE. They need some kind of road in front of Erebor so they won’t have to ride on the frozen river.
One thing I also like is the choice of animals. They have these giant prehistoric-looking mountain goats pulling the chariot, sort of like how Thranduil has a riding elk (which does not appear in the trailer). It sort of makes sense — they’re mountain people, so mountain-friendly beasts would work.
I maintain this: nobody can emphasize the word “war” and not have it sound silly.
And oh, Thorin. Bard should have been able to guess what Thorin would settle for when he came out in full armor to negotiate. This sort of highlights that Bard is okay with the whole not-fighting-over-gold thing… but Thorin is determined to duke it out.
I also find myself wondering if Richard Armitage’s voice is as-is here, or if they digitally deepened it. He sounds almost monstrous by the end of the sentence.
See? Thranduil seems to be fighting at least a half-dozen orcs single-handed… well, double-handed, since he clearly has two swords. He really needs some backup here. Why is the king allowed to wander off in a dangerous place without anyone to keep him safe? He always has at least two guards in his throneroom, so why not now?
That said, I do love the body language they gave Thranduil in these movies, which is also demonstrated here. Most of the Elves — Galadriel, Celeborn, even Elrond — seem to have this quality of being floating statues. Even if they are dangerous physically (see Elrond) they seem very remote.
But Lee Pace’s performance gives Thranduil a very physical presence — flexible, almost serpentine, with bending torso and too-swift arm motions. It works well in the same way as the Sithi from Tad Williams’ books do — the sense that he IS a different kind of creature, not just a human with pointed ears.
And of course, the physical quality of his performance kind of ties into what the Wood-Elves are — they’re more tied to this world, rather than floating away from it.
I THINK the person in the wagon is Bard… but I’m not a hundred percent sure. Again, streets of Dale.
I love how when the orcs march through a place… they make it look tarnished. Dirty. Stained. The ground around them looks DEAD.
I sort of wonder where this takes place, since Bilbo spends almost all of this part of the novel in the company of the Dwarves or Gandalf. Perhaps when Bilbo gets away from the thick of the battle? Or perhaps it’s when he sneaks down to see Bard and Thranduil, but Bolg attacks so that the Elves/Men have to rescue him.
Also, I just noticed that Bolg has giant pieces of metal jammed into his torso… apparently for no reason except to look scary. Also, do the orcs have the medical know-how to put steel plates in people’s heads?
I already talked about the goat thing, so I’ll say this looks more badass than a stampede of sheep should.
I don’t think this is the titular battle, though. They look like they’re either indoors, or in a covered walkway somewhere.
… just in case you forgot what this is building up to.
I think they’re going back in the gates.
This does look like the final battle, since there’s a very strict military formation here, with dozens of Elves carefully lined up and synchronizing their aim.
Nice lighting, emphasizing the bleakness of the current scenario. And the word “fade” makes it all feel pointless and hopeless.
It’s kind of rare to see them all look so grim. Even the more uniformly serious moments before had some kind of merriment or at least optimism from Bofur or the Durin bros… but here, there is only grim, gritty solemnity.
Yeah, even if the book hadn’t been around for EONS by now, you can kind of guess at least one of the fatalities from that line.
And it makes me wonder if Thorin will, in the movie, be going into this with a feeling that that will be his final fate — that this WILL be the last time, because he doesn’t expect to make it out alive.
I think there’s a note of dread/frustration in Ian McKellen’s performance here. After all, there’s nothing Gandalf can do to stop all this — and since he got this quest going, perhaps he blames himself for the disaster about to unfold.
Note: you can see he has his new staff.
I don’t know where this is from, but I’m pretty sure it’s not from the final battle — Legolas is looking up at something. Perhaps at Erebor from the lower slopes?
It also makes me wonder: will we see Legolas in his own proper elf armor?
Because why not? The audience will be!
… that Thranduil is apparently one of those people who names their kid after a place (the Greenwood)?
Either that, or he named the newly-cleansed Mirkwood/Eryn Lasgalen (“Forest of Greenleaves”) after his son.
Either way… the Elvenking is a bit of a dork, but it’s rather sweet. ;)
EDIT: Confirmed. The pre-Mirkwood name was “Eryn Galen” (Greenwood) but he made a slight change to the name after cleansing it… by adding “las” (leaf) to “galen.”
So yeah… he totally named that forest after his son.
So I just received the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter with expectant mother and star of Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana, on the cover. I can admit—-since the whole Nina Simone biopic casting debacle—-I’ve sort of had a side-eye for Zoe. BUT I’ve always been a fan of her candidness…
Actually, Cleopatra was part of the Ptolomaic dynasty, who were Hellenistic in origin. Since they adopted the custom of royal incest (Cleopatra was married to TWO of her brothers, her parents were either siblings or first cousins, and her grandfather also married two of his sisters), there probably wasn’t a lot of Egyptian blood in the family. If any. They made the Targaryens look positively normal.
So no, she was Northern African by the location of her birth but not by genetics, and she probably did not have “coffee-colored” skin. Olive is more likely, though to be fair we know absolutely nothing about her coloring. It’s all conjecture and imagination.
I wish people would do some research before they try to sound smart. A few seconds online could educate them a lot.
Thoughts on the photos:
Nice top picture of Thranduil. I like that his armor looks related to the elf armor we’ve seen elsewhere, with the overlapping plates on the shoulders and whatnot, yet with a distinct and different design. But the chestpiece looks different from Elrond’s, more like that of Haldir and the Lothlorien Elves.
And it’s all silvery instead of gold or bronze. Maybe the color distinctions are used to highlight different elf civilizations?
I also like that he’s wearing a simpler coronet rather than the spiky crown. He may be an elf, but only an idiot would go into a potentially hostile situation with large spikes on their head that could be bashed into their skull.
As for where he is… hard to tell because it’s not in focus. But by the color scheme, I’d guess the ruins of Dale? As good a place as any to hunker down.
Then there’s the picture of Gandalf and Bard, which I assume is from the climactic battle… maybe when the Eagles show up? It would explain both of them staring off into the distance when there are orcs visibly fighting behind them.
Anyway, Bard’s in a new outfit, which looks a bit richer than his old one (blue-green rather than earth-toned), but still kinda dusty and ratty. Sorta what you would expect of the newly-appointed monarch of a homeless, beaten-down people.
If it’s not the climactic battle, then I wonder if Gandalf is being returned to the main story faster than in the book.
The third picture of Bard looks like it’s from roughly the same time as the Thranduil one, or maybe a bit later since it’s visibly snowing on Thranduil but not on Bard (although you can see snow on the ruins behind him).
Anyway, I like this picture. It shows that I think Jackson is going to address Bard’s character development as he becomes king. He looks really apprehensive as he walks through a row of elven archers — presumably to talk to Thranduil. Suddenly he’s in the position of a leader, and has been king for maybe all of six minutes. And he has to immediately talk to an ancient, powerful elf monarch… no wonder he doesn’t look happy. Plus, you know, the whole toasting of his home city, probably with some fatalities.
And finally there’s the first picture that came out, with Gandalf making a “wut u sed?” face at Thranduil (possibly because Thranduil told him what has been going on during his absence, with the dragon and the dwarves and so on). Either that, or they’re having a difference of opinion
I also wish I could see more clearly where they are. That could be the ruins of Dale, overgrown by plants… or it could be in Mirkwood, in some elf patio or whatnot. I’m wondering if it’s the latter, because of the deer statue.
I also kinda love Thranduil’s cape. Yes, it’s hideously impractical, but he’s an elf, so I’m presuming he can kick vast quantities of ass without getting it draped over his arm or something. The magic of movie editing!
I also wonder if that one elf with a sword is supposed to be a general or something. He’s wearing a robe that is more armor-like than the elves around him, and holds a sword rather than a bow.
That is also what makes me wonder if this is in Mirkwood rather than preparing for battle in Dale — if they were at their destination, wouldn’t the Elven archers all be armored, like in the picture of Bard, where they are all helmeted and fully armored?
I may have spotted a continuity error, though. Gandalf’s staff looks like his old one there… the one that Sauron burned up in DOS. Shouldn’t he have Radagast’s staff by the time he gets to Mirkwood?
(Not really commenting on the tiny Evangeline Lilly picture because…. well, it’s just Tauriel on a horse)