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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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61, Lovettsville,VA
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Having throroughly enjoyed the first film- and not being bothered by the supposed "slowness" of it (after all- we had to get to know who these characters were and why we should care about them)- I was ready to move on to Mirkwood abd beyond. I was not disappointed! The vision of Peter Jackson is amazing, and the ability of his team is even more so. Mirkwood and Laketown were as I imagined them to be, the characters of Thranduil, Bard & his family, the Mayor of Laketown and his Grima-like sidekick were wonderful. And Smaug the Magnificent. What can I say? The best dragon ever seen in filmdom!!!
I am not such a purist that I can't enjoy the addition of characters such as Tauriel. She gives girls a role model not unlike Eowyn(chicks with weapons) and adds a new tension in her relationships with both Legolas and Kili. I look forward to seeing how this gets resolved.
My only gripe would be with the Dwarf-Dragon chase sequence. Thorin standing on Smaug's snout was just silly! It went on a bit too long and seemed like a tie-in for a ride at some amusement park. But the sudden ending- wow!! I was stunned and can't wait until next December .
People have complained that this sequence or that was too short. Hello people: what about the Extended Editions where all holes are filled in?That's what makes those dvd's so special.And Precious...
The cast and crew on these films are the best, and I can't wait for the finale!
Thank you everyone involved with these films for yet another great Christmas present!

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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