Not all that glitters is gold
Today marks the first day of the new year, according to the Chinese calendar, and, since it's 2012, January 23rd also kicks off another Year of the Dragon. And there's at least one dragon that we can thing of off the top of our heads, whose going to have a very interesting year indeed, and that's Smaug, The Hobbit
's self-styled King under the Mountain himself.
Where movies like How to Train Your Dragon
, and even as far back as Dragonheart
have enjoyed playing dragons as no more good or evil than your average person or wild animal, Peter Jackson
and Co. are going back to dragon roots, so to speak, to craft a true monster. (Okay yes, there was Reign of Fire
, but one movie that can only be enjoyed via Rifftrax can hardly be considered part of a trend.) And they started with Benedict Cumberbatch