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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

While I can't say I love the movie, I do really like it. In many ways I think it was superior to AUJ, but in some ways it falls utterly short.


What I didn't like:

1. Tauriel/Kili.
Absolutely hated the addition of this love story. I find it so completely in contradiction of the world Tolkien created and undermining of Legolas and Gimli's friendship later on. In LOTR and AUJ, the disdain elves and dwarves have for each other is so built up, yet in DOS it's overcome so easily --it just doesn't make sense. Also Kili, being Thorin's nephew, should hardly be the one so accepting of elves. Regardless, even if I didn't mind them being together in general, their whole relationship was extremely rushed and felt very forced. They have only one real conversation and Tauriel's ready to disobey her king (some Captain of the Guard) for him? It's very unbelievable and just looks silly. Their lines were really cheesy, too. I literally laughed in the theater during the healing scene --was it really necessary to slow down her words and movements like that? I was somewhere between cringing and feeling embarrassed for the actors during these scenes.

2. Dwarves vs Smaug: I didn't really mind that the Smaug and the dwarves "met". It's not my preference, but I can live with it. My problem was how long it lasted. After a while I started getting a little bored with it and just wanted Smaug to fly away already! If they cut this sequence by just a little bit it would have been awesome.

3. Pacing: The beginning of the film is too choppy for me. It felt like every few lines we were switching scenes and it was just so rushed. It would have been much better a little slowed down, with more time spent at Beorn's and wandering Mirkwood.

What I loved:

1. Martin Freeman.
Every time I saw Bilbo, I just kept feeling more and more blown away by how great Freeman is as this character. Just phenomenal!

2. Lake Town.
I found Lake Town one of the most interesting places. The aerial views are stunning and I love the musical theme! The music is so different from anything else we've heard and I really enjoyed it.

3. Entering Erebor.
Richard Armitage and Ken Stott were amazing in this scene --it almost brought me to tears! I love that they played up the emotional aspect of how it would be like for them, returning finally to their homeland. The acting was spot-on.

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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