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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Beautiful Night

Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Apart from some beautiful wide shots of Mirkwood and Laketown, 'The Desolation of Smaug' is very much a return to the darker, dirtier and murkier look, that was part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Everything seems more organic. It's not just face that is different. The tone is darker , and the humor and merriment (which I by the way loved in 'An Unexpected Journey') is reduced to an absolute minimum. The threat from the forces of evil is far more imminent this time, which brings me to one thing that I retrospectively have changed my mind about:

I have previously stated that there is not much at stake in 'The Hobbit' compared to The Lord of the Rings. With the recent development of the plot in mind, this statement does not hold water anymore. Let me quote one of the users from the Danish movie website, a guy who calls himself enfilmnørd: "The whole story was put into a wider perspective. This is not just a bunch of dwarves on a trip to regain their homeland. There are other forces at stake. The world is changing, and evil lurks. Some ignore it, others are onto something."

What else can I say? I loved the first scene with it's murky surroundings and glowering bad guys and the elegant cut to Bilbo 12 months later. It was also great to hear several new musical themes from Howard Shore. And I found the new character Tauriel to be a most welcome and refreshing adition to the story. Her interest in Kili was definitely one of the things that gave the film emotional clout. All of the action scenes were pure delight, especially the Dwarves' escape from the wood elves - that's the best action scene I have seen in a very long time! And the meeting with Smaug and the subsequent cat-and-mice play, with cross-cuts to the events in Laketown was also phenomenal. Some have complained about the cliffhanger ending. I loved it.

This film is a masterpiece.

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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