I’m starting to feel a little better about Desolation of Smaug than I did after that first trailer… and, frankly, after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. That exchange between Gandalf and Bilbo about what Bilbo found under the mountain is very nice, and Smaug’s voice is pretty much perfect. (I suppose Jackson is going to hold back what Smaug looks like till the latest possible moment.)
Still. The Hobbit 2 is like a joke title meant to highlight Hollywood’s vacuousness. Jackson’s gonna have to work hard to live that down.