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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Well, let me just say this: I view the books and the movies as completely different things. So when I review the movie, I review it as a movie, not as a film of Tolkien's book. It's not. It's an adaptation, and fan-fiction. But...I LOVED IT. It was totally brilliant, and Peter Jackson did a very good job overall. I could do with Bilbo having a bit more screen time, yeah. The dragon was so good, they should have made the entire movie about him. And the sequence with Beorn, I think we all agree, could have been a little longer. Yes, the orc chases got old. Yes, occasionally Bilbo heard the spiders without putting the ring on. But...I want to go see it again. Several times. Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf, Thranduil, Smaug, Beorn,the Master and yes, even Legolas, Tauriel, and Alfrid all made me happy. The barrel sequence: Wow, that was brilliant. To be honest, I don't understand the people who complain that the barrels had no top. It would be excruciatingly boring to watch 13 barrels floating down a river for 20 minutes. And....all right, as with many, I did not thoroughly enjoy the sort-of-love-triangle going on. An elf and a dwarf cannot fall in love. It is biologically impossible in the Middle-Earthian world (save for the very special case of Gimli and Galadriel). I say in the world of Middle Earth, because although this movie is fan-fiction, it still has to follow the basic rules that Tolkien set up. But as I continued to watch, I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. And as I watched, I realized how much I do love the dwarves, and (here there be SPOILERS) in TABA, I will be hard pressed to pack enough tissues, because Thorin, Fili, and Kili are fated to meet their end in the final movie.

Signing off,

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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