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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Sanchayan Sarkar

Date Posted: 2013-12-22
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Hobbit Desolation Of Smaug not only extends the "epic saga" juggernaut but also pushes the envelope by travelling through uncharted territory .

The movie opened with a quick prologue of Thorin meeting Gandalf in Bree where the latter urges him to take back Erebor and unite the seven kingdoms of Dwarves by reclaiming the Arkenstone from the evil dragon Smaug. The scene cuts 12 months later to the point where Bilbo and the dwarves are chased by Orcs . Only this time the chase is because of a gigantic bear revealed as Beorn.
Beorn's House will be a purist delight , pinpoint art direction and intricate designs which will dazzle the fans and whatever little has been shown of the house has been magnificent . Once can expect more of it to be in the extended edition. Michael Pressbandt as Beorn was enthralling and creepy and was a fine addition to the franchise.
Mirkwood was exactly as i imagined it to be. Though i felt they could have shown more of it bt i am sure we will see it in extended edition specially of Bombur falling into the enchanted river. Mirkwood was dark and dehydrating forest seeming to sap the life out of you which makes the scene of "BILBO INHALING FRESH AIR OVER THE TREES" all the more beautiful. The effect of the ring on Bilbo is slowly starting where Bilbo realizes there is something about this ring than it meets the eye.
The spiders were brilliant, excellent CGI though as not big as Shelob but dark and creepy and can be heard when Bilbo puts on his ring to kill one thereby giving his dagger the fammous name "Sting". Martin Freeman has been wonderful in all his parts.
The woodland realm shown was again dazzling . Lee Pace as Thranduil , Evangeline Lily as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas was a terrific trio of woodelves. Peter Jackson has also significantly shown the difference between a Sindar elf and a low Sylvian elf.. This subtle differences make the movie awesome. There is also a little bit of platonic affection and love between Kili and Tauriel who is an open hearted elf playing a significant part in the movie.
The barrel escape scene was the best in the movie and most fun exactly like in the book and much much more . Luke Evans played an excellent Bard and there is more of him in the third movie as he plays a vital role there.. Finally the dwarves have a difficult time before reaching Erebor and when they finally reach there Richard and Ken Stott gives the most powerful scene of the franchise and what the quest meant to them. Its as emotionally gripping as the pity of Bilbo .
Finally the dragon Smaug and his riddles with Bilbo were the show stealer. "SMAUG IS THE ULTIMATE DRAGON IN CINEMA HISTORY " : certainly the biggest and the most beautiful . He has been portrayed as the magnificent, the terrible and the GOLDEN literally. Now the final scene is where the main controversies came up but i think it was absolutely essential of the dwarves playing some role in driving out Smaug where PJ shows the most extraordinary dwarven forge of Erebor and its full might against the dragon only to force the Dragon out to seek revenge on the Laketown people where the film ends on a Cliffhanger making the Third film a potential "HUGE EPIC"
Andrew Lesnie was brilliant with the cinematography as it was quite different this time from the Lord of the Rings and the first hobbit movie producing more variations. Dol Guldur camerawork and design was specially brilliant.
Howard Shore was fantastic producing superb themes all different from any we heard before making the franchise spread out more .
Although the desolation of smaug is smaller than the first movie, it has more matter than the former making it quick paced more informative and certainly making the extended version a huge potential than the first extended version . i SAW IT IN BOTH 2D and 3D 48 Fps.. i Found the 2D better .. not because of HFR.. but i felt action sequences of HFR was too fast for my liking.
To all The purists, please open up your mind and see the film .. the movie is much better on the second viewing and better as one sees it more often .Its not just an action flick and all the changes made are beautifully executed on screen.

Rating: 4.5/5

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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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