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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 2
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I have seen The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug twice. I have seen it twice in 3D.
I loved the first Hobbit movie, it was wonderful and this second movie is even better. For me, The Hobbit movies and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy are true masterpiece. They are epic stories with strong characters and a rich and colorful universe full of magic and it feels real. The story is not only here to make us dream, it is far more deeper - a reflection to our world and world with characters to whom we can identify to.
The actors said about Peter Jackson directing these movies that he has everything in his head and we feel it in his way of directing The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug ( and the 1st Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy ). He is at 100% in these movies and that's why they are so wonderful and wonderfully directed. Another great point wit hPeter Jackson is his cameos in these movies. In The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, he appears with a carrot in the opening scene of the movie, we cannot miss his cameo, he is just there in front of us.
As usual Howard Shore brought a beautiful music that fit with the Tolkien universe. I also loved the ending song "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran, by far my second favorite song of the middle-earth movies, the first one being "Song of the Lonely Mountain" by Neil Finn. "I See Fire" concludes the movie in a wonderful way, the lyrics of the song truly connects with the movie and its ending cliffhanger.
The story is well-written balanced with fight scenes and dialogues . The dialogues are also well-written with sentences that stays in your mind like "Such is the nature of evil. In time all foul things come forth." or "I am fire, I am ... death." or "If this is to end in fire then we shall all burn together." ...
The character of Tauriel which is a new created character is well-written and is a great new addition to the Middle-Earth universe and Evangeline Lilly delivers a powerful performance as long as the other actors for their respective characters.
The sets and the costumes are wonderful as usual too. New Zealand was the perfect choice for the Middle-Earth, it has great nature that is breathtaking. The design of the elves of Mirkwood fits with their personnality and their forest.
I read The Hobbit so I know how it ends but adding a character like Tauriel and adding other things like Legolas, putting Azog there, changing some stuff gives more suspense, more mysteries to the story because we do not know Tauriel's fate ... this is one of the thing I love in these movies, Peter Jackson does not only tells what happen in the books but he adds something, he does not bring a simply movie true to the book, he does much more than that.

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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