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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-22
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Character development is probably the best one I've noticed in the film. Bilbo showing signs of 'obsession' to the Ring; Thranduil is portrayed as indeed a very greedy and selfish king; and Thorin cares for the Arkenstone more than his companion Bilbo.

There is one thing, however, which made me cringed countless times in the cinema: that utterly godawful love triangle between Legolas, Tauriel and Kili. Romance seems unnecessary in the storyline; it doesn't even make any sense if a captain of the Elven-guard suddenly falls for a prisoner dwarf. Legolas is way out of his character from what we've seen in LOTR. It was even implied that he's jealous of Kili.

I like his [Legolas] stunts though. Even most of them were completely unnecessary, I sort of missed seeing him in action like he was before in LOTR.


"I could have anything down my trousers..."
"Or nothing."

*groans* Say what?

Smaug is one good thing in this film. Voice, appearance... even that gold spray at the end. Brilliant.

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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