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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 4
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The point of my review is to express my genuine astonishment about the Desolation of Smaug. It's a pity that many viewers found the 48 fps format challenging. I liked it a lot and I found it an amazing cinematic experience. In my opinion, the reservations about HFR are of the too human characteristic of conservatism, nothing more!

Aside from technicalities, the film is excellent. The pace is relevant to each situation that our dwarfs and hobbit found themselves into. The action is magnificent. Legolas without doing much talking is superb. You feel in his eyes the gravity of his character. Better acting from Bloom here than in the old trilogy. Lilly's character, Tauriel, fits in the plot unbiased. Gandalf is as good as ever, although with few screen time. My favorite dwarf, Balin, has also little screen time, but he shines as in the previous film. The finale is simply superb and the dragon is a wonder to behold! I liked the dragon's speech and the way he presented himself as the king under the mountain.

I tried to find negative aspects of the film in order to report them in this small review, but unfortunately, when I like a film, I try to belittle its disadvantages. However, the biggest disadvantage of the film was the scarce interaction between the characters. It feels as if everything is happening by the numbers. Therefore, when the film ends abruptly with the biggest cliffhanger in cinematic history, I felt as if I watched a movie of about 30 minutes duration!

In the final analysis, Peter Jackson and his collaborators gave us a superb film that could be more satisfying by providing us more backstory and dialogues.

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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