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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Running Hobbit

48, Quebec City

Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Having read twice the book recently before the first movie came out, I was greatly surprised and appreciative of the adaptation made by the screenplay team.
If the movie would have followed to the letter the book, it would have been a disaster, taking into account that in Lotr the dwarves were very much "combative". In the book they were all very frightful of everything around them up to the death of Smaug, then after they are more fierce (weird?).
AUJ was a good introduction to the characters, though some might say it was to long, but when you look at old movies, i.e. Lawrence of Arabia, Once upon a time in the west, etc, you enjoy the time spent watching it.
DOS is a rollercoaster with some breaks to catch your breath, and you get to sympathize with Tauriel and Bard in their respective struggles. I loved that Smaug´s text was pretty much kept intact, I especially liked his last phrase "I am fire, I am death!".
For the Elves, Thranduil is a treat. Lee Pace does a superb job portraying a snob elf king who thinks he has seen everything. It is great that Legolas is back and I think that the audience was more surprised than him to see blood. Tauriel is an ass-kicker (much like Daryl Dixon of Walking Dead, so please do not kill her), you want her at your side in time of trouble. Evangeline Lilly has done a great job, just as in Lost.
For the Dol Guldur sideshow, I agree with the screenwriters to incorporate it in the trilogy. The Ringwraiths tomb was well imagined, and the confrontation between Gandalf and Sauron was well paced. You want to have more Sauron in there, we will see in TABA. Perhaps we will see how he corrupts Saruman.
I will be expecting the extended edition next November and will see AUJ and DOS EEs back to back before the third movie.

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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