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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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14, Glasgow
United Kingdom

Date Posted: 2013-12-26
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' was a fantastic film with a lot of action and plot.

I particularly enjoyed the start of the movie where Peter Jackson revisits Bree (once again tying this in with when the Hobbit Frodo and his companions, sixty years later, arrive here).
There were some very amusing scenes like when Bombur crashes into Beorn's door to open it but gets sent backwards [all they had to do was undo the lock], in Mirkwood when they lose the path, Bofur's "By my beard, IS THAT THE TIME!?", and Bilbo's confrontation with the polite dragon Smaug - "Who are you and where do you come from, may I ask?" "You have nice manners for a thief and a liar"
And there were also very serious scenes, especially when Kili is injured, when Gandalf gets "captured" by Sauron, and when Smaug is going to attack the innocent people of Lake-Town.

I thought overall the movie had you at the edge of your seat, with its suspense - I particularly felt that way when Bilbo says "What have we done?" and the screen fades to black - but I thought perhaps they had stretched out the film too much so that they could keep the best for the next movie, so I felt that there wasn't really any arc to this story.
It has been a pleasure watching it, and I hope the third film is going to be the "cherry on the cake" topping the story off nicely [but, perhaps, bittersweetly - but I shan't say anymore for those who have not read the book...]

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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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