There are still a few people out in the world who refuse to concede the devastating, erudite sexiness that is Benedict Cumberbatch. But even those few holdouts have to give over at the disembodied sound of his voice. You think he looks like an otter? Fine. But his voice? Oh brother. The incomparable Caitlin Moran once described it as a “jaguar hiding in a cello” and it’s the dessert at the end of the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Cumberbatch, of course, plays the titular
airborne toxic event dragon in Peter Jackson’s sequel.
Why am I flogging the voice so hard in a trailer packed with visuals? Well did you see the last film? This voice-over is obviously the sequel’s biggest selling point.
So enjoy it. Enjoy it with your eyes closed if you must. You deserve it.