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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? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Chaotic, horrible story flow, unnecessary changes that made the movie worse rather than better. I'm a die-hard Tolkien fan but DOS proves why making three movies out of one 300 page book doesn't work. 10 minutes of actual story and substance and the rest is just eye candy galore. Sadly all of that is CG to a point of ridiculousness (barrel scene). I was really surprised/ disappointed how corny those few and far between dialogues ended up being (not to mention the weird love triangle). Too many super long close-ups on various characters ( "I will save him!"). PJ didn't seem to have read The Hobbit and if he did he decided to completely change its tone to make it a cookie cutter version of LOTR. Liked the first Hobbit much better!
I could have happily lived without the orcs chases (in both movies), the golden giant dwarf, the love triangle, etc.
On a positive note, I loved the Mirkwood scene, the first half of the barrel scene, Gandalf at Dol Guldur, Bilbos conversation with Smaug and of course Smaug himself. I fear that two thirds of the third movie will be taken up by the Battle of the Five Armies.

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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