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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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27, Toronto

Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy every minute of this film while I was in the theatre. Most of the issues I had I only really thought about afterwards, upon reflection. What did I like? Too many things to say: as always, the costumes and art direction were mind-boggling, the acting was superb (Ian McKellan, I heart you!), and the scope epic. Smaug deserves special mention - every childhood imagining made flesh, or rather, CGI. Lee Pace's Thranduil was splendid, as was Luke Evans's Bard. Radagast was not as irksome as in the first film, and I could overlook my loathing of the Pale Orc because of the amazing glimpse at the Necromancer. The things I disliked were generally related to the deviations from canon - it helps thinking of this not as an adaptation of the book but as a reimagining. The movie was too long, though paradoxically certain parts felt rushed. Also, Tauriel.
The most significant aspect of this movie, to me, was the inclusion of People of Colour in the Laketown crowd scene. As a PoC, seeing a number of characters from a variety of ethnicities made me choke up in the theatre. So so so great. More of that, please!

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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