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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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29, Boston
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I did not like the movie after the first viewing. It is unfortunate that the material was stretched thin by adding unnecessary screen-time between Tauriel and Kili. I understand how it might make for a tragic end in the final movie, but again it was NOT necessary in my opinion. Crude stuff like Kili's 'trouser' comment and dwarves coming out of the toilet, seemed like making light of Tolkien's material. Then the good parts: Gandalf's High Fells and Dol Guldur scenes, while dramatic, remind the viewers how important unveiling the identity of a Necromancer is to the story even though the book does not discuss it. Bilbo finding his courage and becoming a slightly different Hobbit, his parley with Smaug (brilliantly portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch), and Smaug's final flight are absolute delights. Lee Pace and Luke Evans are amazing actors and it was great seeing them as Thranduil and Bard. And then my second viewing seemed to melt away almost all the previously found flaws (I still don't condone the Tauriel-Kili gimmick). I guess my brain finally wrapped itself around the fact that this is NOT Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', it is Peter Jackson's and if this is how he interpreted it, he does a damn good job of bringing it on-screen.

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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