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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The Desolation of Smaug is a cinematic achievement, it is one notch up from An Unexpected Journey and it takes us on a wild, unforgettable journey. It's story may not compare with the graver more serious tone of The Lord of the Rings but in truth, The Hobbit is a superior series in terms of cinematic vision.

We cannot not resist such a return to middle earth. Never mind it's near three hour running time, snobby critics may complain of it and also of its amount of CGI imagery, and even of the additions that are not found on the book, but Jackson weaves all these seamlessly into an entertaining piece of filmmaking. We need to understand that the film makers did not set out to just make a "Hobbit" movie, but a prequel that would point toward the conflicts seen in The Lord of the rings, when keeping this in mind, one can understand the new additions and story changes that where required when adapting the story to film. Had Jackson made just a "Hobbit" movie, we would have missed out on all of the current surprises and insights into the character development of the main players. I'm glad Jackson decided to do it this way and to leave us in such a cliffhanger of a finale, The Desolation of Smaug ends with a tug on your neck screaming at you: "come and watch me again next year!" Watch it twice or thrice if needed, the best film of the year in my opinion and I don't say this just because I'm a Tolkien fan, it is because looking beyond its beautiful imagery and effects and spectacle, it managed to trap my emotions. Spectacular!

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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