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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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30, Santa Cruz, CA
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

While definitely a visual treat, Desolation's extreme diversions from the book in order to make the film seem more dramatic failed to entirely convince me that this series of films shares the same universe as Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Strange editorial decisions such as showing Thranduil's scar tissue, spending tooo little time with Beorn or in Mirkwood Forest, and the dwarves invading Erebor in a ludicrous attempt to defeat Smaug all watered down this adaptation. Both to counter these, the spiders were marvelous, Smaug was amazing, the expansion of Bard's role was essential, and introducing a female character was mandatory. The inconclusiveness of the film's ending was both jarring and appropriate, and Jackson managed to keep me on my toes through to the end, despite the negatives.

I look forward to There And Back Again, but I fear this series may be lessening the import or impact of The Lord of the Rings while contributing little to the overall mythos. I look forward to a fan edit of the trilogy that is cut down to roughly half the time of the completed expanded-edition trilogy.

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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