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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-22
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I enjoyed AUJ very much. I felt that there were only a few moments that were simply mediocre, but there was nothing that I deeply disliked. DOS was different. The highs were absolutely brilliant and the lows were quite troubling. However with that being said, I have seen the film twice now and enjoyed more the second time.
The highs: Bree, Beorn (more please), Mirkwood Spider scene, Thranduil and his kingdom, the entire barrel sequence, Bard, Laketown, Bilbo, Balin, Smaug.
The lows: Overall presentation of the forest of Mirkwood (much too quick), the kingsfoil scene , The golden face-off vs. Smaug.
For me it really came down to four "Bs": Beorn, Bard, Bilbo, and Balin. I loved Smaug, but felt his overall presentation was somewhat dampened by the golden face-off.
Hopefully the extended edition will balance the fact that the film felt far too hasty. If we see more the following I’ll be thrilled and will proudly add to my Tolkien film library.
Extended: Beorn, Mirkwood (Bombur’s stream/stag), Thrain in DG.

The Ratings
The Other Ratings
Martin Freeman 's performance as Bilbo Baggins?
How would you rate Luke Evan's performance as Bard??
The Overall representation of The Dwarves ?
How would you rate Benedict Cumberbatch's' performance as Smaug?
Ian McKellen's performance as Gandalf?
How would you rate Lee Pace's performance as Thranduil?
How would you rate Orlando Bloom's performance as Legolas?
How would you rate Evangeline Lilly's performance as Tauriel?
How would you rate Stephen Fry's performance as Master of Lake-Town?
Did you think Tauriel was a welcome addition to the film?
How would you rate Beorn?
How would you rate the scene with the Spiders?
How would you rate the imprisonment/escape sequence?
Did you like the Necromancer being discovered by Gandalf as Sauron?
Did the movie fairly portray the character arc of Thorrin?
How would you rate Lake-Town?
How would you rate the burglar interchange between Bilbo and Smaug?
How would you rate revisiting Bree?
How happy are you with the attempts to tie The Hobbit back to the Lord of the Rings?
Did you enjoy seeing Gandalf visit Gol Duldor and The Tombs?
Did you like the splitting of the company of Dwarves?
Did Smaug live up to your expectations?
How would you rate the ending of the movie; in regards to leading well into the next film, and serving as a good ending point.
Is DOS a better film than AUJ?
The overall pace of the film.

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