WATCH: New ‘Hobbit’ Trailer – ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

Bilbo spies something unpleasant in 'The Desolation of Smaug'

Bilbo spies something unpleasant in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’

NOW we’re getting somewhere!

Critics of the last Hobbit movie were quick to point out that the film seemed to take longer to get started than it would take to read the entire novel, backwards, while blindfolded and hung upside-down, using a tissue paper rope, over a pit of rabid badgers.

It’s fair to say that one look at the action-packed trailer for part 2 – and yes, you do have to apply the caveat that it’s ONLY part 2, which means there’s a whole other part still to come – should at least put that problem to bed.

“It’s undoubtedly a trap” – Amazing
“That, my lad, was a dragon” – Amazing.
“Beyond desolation” – RUBBISH.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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