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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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32, Saint Louis
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I've waited to weigh in on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. After 2 trips to the cinema so far, I've seen the movie on a Mega Screen in 3D HFR and on a standard screen size in 2D 24fps. Here are my thoughts.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. All the major beats of the story were covered and the expansions were fun for the most part. The deviations didn't bother me and I'm ultimately very interested to see how all of the threads come together. I liked some of the changes very much, particularly the dwarves taking a stand against Smaug.

Azog and Bolg didn't really add a whole lot for me but I can see how the little kids will love having those bad guys as tangible characters.

Tauriel has her moments and wasn't really that much of a distraction, except for the Kili healing scene in Laketown. It's not so much that they decided to create a connection between the characters. It's more that the way they shot that sequence had me laughing at how ridiculous it looked. When Tauriel lit up and Kili gave here that wide eyed look and the they cut to Kili's POV.... well I was laughing out loud because it started to closely resemble adult activity.

Anyway... I was very pleased with Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, and Richard Armitage and of course... Benedict Cumberbath in this movie. They all gave wonderful performances.

The pacing worked for me on the whole but it is obvious in some points that content was cut out for time. The only character that felt terribly rushed was Beorn. I feel like they gave us just enough to setup part 3 but to me they botched that character's introduction a bit. I understand why they cut it down but arguably there are other scen
es that could have been shortened to make room for more exposition on a beloved character.

The only location the felt really short to me was Mirkwood. I really loved everything about it but hope there is more in the extended cut. Again, I understand the cut down for time.

All in all, it left me with a good feeling, expanding Part 1, and leaving me excited for part 3, the finale.

Well done PJ and Co.

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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