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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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AaronM

30, Durham, NC
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-26
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
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The Hobbit is becoming to The Lord of the Rings what Episodes I-III of Star Wars were to Episodes IV-VI; the cautious crowd-pleaser, inferior due to its reliance on action over characters. Though DoS did not feel quite as long and purposefully drawn-out as AUJ, I left the film still feeling that I did not know who Bilbo was, and certainly not caring much what happens to him. This is in contrast to crying multiple times for Boromir, Sam, Theoden, Frodo, reliably each time I watch LoTR. Is it because The Hobbit spends too much time in action sequences? I don't know. LoTR certainly wasn't devoid of them. But something worked there, that isn't here.

Of course, I still love seeing Ian and Orlando back, and kicking ass, reliably each time they are on screen. That alone makes it well worth a viewing, though I doubt I will go back for more than one.

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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