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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

• Comment on The Desolation of Smaug #1:
LOVE Bilbo's growing dilemma with the Ring! I think it really helps shape the many facets of the character, and Bilbo becomes more endearing.
#2 LOVE seeing Sauron and his EYE/Sauron-ception!
#3 There are quite a few action scenes that could be turned into a fun-ride in an amusement park. I can picture it right now: the barrels scene would be AWESOME to have in real life, as one of those wet roller-coasters! The barrel scene action is non-stop! The first time I saw the film I was holding my breath all the way through, because I didn't know when it would end!
#4 LOVE the Elf/Orc/Dwarf fighting scenes!
I think that the whole Legolas jealousy + Elf tradition of feeling superior to Dwarves + Dwarf distrust of very other creature = gives more strength to the later (in the chronology, not in the films) relationship between Legolas and Gimli.
Great moment that one when we see Gimli's drawing - "my wee lad"! - hehe
And the impossible "love" brewing between an Elf and a Dwarf: although it doesn't exist, it summarises really well the message of higher feelings beyond Greed, Selfishness, Power - which is clear in film 2:
the Arkenstone and what it does to Dwarves, (even making Thorin point his sword at bilbo just as he's leaving Smaug!), the Master of Lake-town and the "elections",
Thranduil and his obsession with closing his borders and defending only his own realm,
So, a Hobbit can help out in a Dwarf quest, Elves can save Dwarves from Orcs and from certain death (and even appreciate their tales and their humour - and, let's face it, Kili is a funny Dwarf, and "taller than most"!), Men can help out Dwarves (as Bard does), and I'm guessing int he 3rd film we'll see the Dwarves (finally) helping out other creatures, and coming to the rescue in Dale.
I LOVE the idea of cooperation regardless of "race", "creed", "origin" (aka, sex, skin colour, whatever)!
So, who cares if the Dwarves are tiny and rough and have axes in their skulls?
There can still be a connection with any of them, 'cause they have Feelings, too, and stories to tell, and they can laugh like everyone else.
So I totally buy into the "chemistry" between races.
#5 The 3D effects with the arrows are SPECTACULAR!
Love the arrows coming at us, and the heads, and the bumblebee (I don't mean the Autobot Transformer)!

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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