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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Gilrod of Pensacola

28, Pensacola
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

So far, I have seen the film in 2D, 48 fps, and IMAX 3D in 48 fps. The closest HFR theaters are hundreds of miles away. After my first viewing, I was a little displeased with the film, but I warmed up greatly the second time. Martin Freeman has done a fantastic job embodying Bilbo Baggins, and I am continually impressed by his acting. He is the true highlight of the film, and I wish that he had even more screen time. Like many others, I felt the first half of the film was overly rushed and the second half was overly long with all the additions to the plot. Most of them I didn't mind although the repeated scenes (such as the Athleas healing) were a bit much. I was also thrown off completely by the giant golden dwarf statue; the CG there leaves much to be desired. With all the CG, it seemed more like a cartoon than a live action film. That said, on second viewing, it was better because I was prepared for it. Nonetheless, I will see the film several more times in the theater before forming a definitive judgment.

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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