I feel absolutely no shame or fear in openly declaring my sincere admiration towards Luke Evans’ portrayal of the Bowman in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.
There, I said it.
A rather odd article perhaps, but I just can’t get over the coolness that is Bard, as seen in the trailers that have been released so far.
But first things first.
We all have yet to see the film and one certainly cannot jump to conclusions, but I’ve got a very good feeling about this character …
Although I always considered Bard boasting a bigger beard (lots of b’s there), here was a younger-looking Bowman who still felt perfectly suitable for the role.
To be honest, I have only seen a handful of films by Luke Evans, so far – the most recent being ‘The Three Musketeers’ (2011). I enjoyed Evans’ performance as Aramis – knowing perfectly well that he would be playing Bard within the next two years.
The feeling of admiration grew with the release of the trailers – with Evans seemingly giving his utmost best to project the motivations of this character.
It’s really difficult to explain in words, but prior to seeing Bard visualized on screen, my most anticipated sequence in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ was “Flies and Spiders”. Now, having seen the main trailer and sneak peek, I simply cannot wait to see the character interact within the Lake-town environment …
There’s clearly a powerful force behind his performance and one can sense the determination on Evans’ part to present the audience with an excellent portrayal of the Bowman.
Kudos to Peter Jackson and Co. for significantly expanding his role, as compared to the book.
And what shall we say of him retelling the propechy of the King’s return in the sneak peek? From a hopeful and cheering version in the novel, Evans delivers a strong, bone-chilling rendition to accompany the tone and visuals of the shots.
Come December, apart from anticipating the revelations of Film 2, I’ll be looking forward to seeing Luke Evans grace the screen with a stupendous performance! 🙂