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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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16, MV
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-27
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

First of all, I was sure I would hate this movie, despite loving all things Tolkien, after I saw the addition of that female elf and what they would do to Legolas, who is and always has been my favorite character, even before Orlando Bloom. And it's true, if Tauriel was real I could MURDER her, because she was pretty awful. And Legolas was so ridiculously different than he was in LOTR, that it actually didn't bother me too much. I've seen him before in a much more impressive way. So those and Mirkwood made me very sad, but other than that I liked it very much!

Bard's children might have bothered me if they had not been believable, and I think somewhere in the book it actually does mention that he was not alone in the world. So Bard and Bilbo and Thorin saved the day for me. I love how Thorin is much more trusting of Bilbo this time that he was in the first one. There was literally not a scene with Bard in which I was not smiling. And Bilbo is the amazing Hobbit he was the first time.

But Tauriel. Oh, my gosh, she had the cheesiest lines and was the most unbelievable thing I have ever seen. When she said "are we not part of this world" I laughed out loud. A real Tolkien Elf would not have red hair at the time of the Hobbit, since the seven that did have red hair died out long before, would not have a romance with a Dwarf, and would not be the Captain of the Guard if she were a girl. If she hadn't come along to Laketown the Dwarves could have healed Kili by themselves, since Oin clearly knew the power of athelas and Bofur was bringing some. Considering that I am a hardcore fan, I think I have been extremely forgiving with all the tweaks in the movies, because I know that the movies can't be like the books. But the addition of Tauriel just went a bit too far.

But I did not hate it like I thought I would and am very glad I saw it. I would recommend this movie to people, but I would say "read the book first."

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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