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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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21, Toronto

Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I really enjoyed the first film, but I thought this one was better in a number of ways, especially in terms of pacing and mood (though there were a few places where it felt as if scenes would be inserted for the EE). I loved Tauriel as a character and as a potential role model for young girl viewers, and I appreciated that she did not seem like a carbon copy of any of the (few) other female characters shown in Jackson's Middle Earth films so far. I loved Thranduil despite that I really did not expect to; I think Lee Pace did an amazing job, as he made his character clearly differentiated from other Elves we've seen. Beorn's design probably would have bothered me had I not seen it in advance, but since I'd had time to get used to it I wasn't fazed. The acting was uniformly great, I loved Smaug's design, and the score was fantastic. It had plenty of work with themes developed purely for this trilogy. The plot divergences from the book were interesting and in some cases unexpected, but I didn't find them jarring at all. Occasionally I had to suspend disbelief, as a few parts don't necessarily play out logically, but this isn't something that bothers me. The movie was fun, but I feel it had enough emotional weight thanks to how characters like Thorin, Balin, and Bard were portrayed.

If I have any complaints they have to do with taking certain characters and certain parts of the action scenes just...a little over the top, and with some parallels to LOTR which were maybe unnecessary and puzzling. These didn't ruin the movie for me at all, though! On the whole I definitely loved it a lot, and a few of the changes might sit a bit easier with me once I see it again--I'm planning to see it at least once or twice more in theatres, and then of course many times more once I own a copy.

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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