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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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26, Pittsburgh
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-26
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Okay, I've had some time to digest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and I have decided it was good. In fact I would venture to say it's great. There are no huge drastic changes to the narrative like I was afraid of. Instead of 500 elves at Helms Deep we get two Elves and an "Orc Pack" which is apparently a thing, at Laketown. I could have done without the NSA Agents running around Laketown. The subplot never really developed into anything, and Tolkien is not the place for socio-political commentary. The action sequences were not as over the top this time. I was worried about the barrel sequence from the trailers, but it turned out fine.

Smaug steals the show much like Gollum did in the first film. Cumberbatch does a great job of voicing Smaug, and the motion capture and CGI teams did some of the best work I've ever seen. Martin Freeman continues to kill it as Bilbo, however I feel like we lose him in the second act. In the novel this is the part of the story where Bilbo raises his stock among the dwarves. He never gets his recognition as savior of the dwarves from the Spiders, and they are all in such a hurry to get away from this “Orc Pack” (which has no apparent issue walking around in broad daylight) that he never gets a pat on the back from rescuing them from an Elvish prison.

I loved Gandalf’s Dol Guldor sequence, we are moving it around in terms of the narrative, but it makes sense. I’m shocked honestly with how little has happened in this film, the third movie is going to be very busy, and if everything is executed correctly will be the best of the three.

Go see it, it's good fun.

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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