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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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29, Sioux Falls
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-23
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I'll say it bluntly. This is the first time one of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films will not make my annual best picture list (and I see all the oscar contenders). To me, the Desolation of Smaug was the weakest entry in the series. As an exciting adventure filled romp through Middle Earth with great action sequences, it's terrifically fun entertainment. But where's the heart? Where's the emotional resolution? The other 4 films functioned as part of the series, but also stood alone as individual films. Each film told a new and different story, and each film had a satisfying resolution to things. Even the Two Towers had an emotional resolution at the end with the overthrow of Isengard and the successful defense of Helm's Deep. Desolation has no resolution, just an out of the blue and unexpected cliffhanger, and there was very minimal serious character development with the exception of Tauriel. I'm hopeful the extended edition will make the film a better and more enjoyable experience.

The good:

The acting is very good. The new characters are fantastic and are played extremely well by the actors. They just don't get enough time on screen. Mikael Persbrant was awesome as Beorn and we only saw him for one tiny scene and yet this is someone who will be a major player in the last film?

Visual Effects seemed much improved over Unexpected Journey. Smaug and those Spiders are fantastic and the Barrel chase is great. But why does Peter still feel the need to use CGI orcs over the far superior prosthetics and costumes (especially the original design for Bolg with Conan Stevens)

The Barrel chase. One of the most exciting action scenes put on screen since the Death Star Escape in Star Wars. And Bombur steals the show! The only pity is, Bombur still hasn't spoken and so once again, we've not had any character development or a chance to get to know Bombur. I hope Peter uses Bombur's silence to make an emotional moment when "hopefully" Bombur does speak in the final movie.

Beorn. So badass.....reminds me of Skyrim

Sauron's return and Benedict's voice which is great at replicating the original voice of Sauron from LOTR.

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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