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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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50, Atlanta
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-27
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I loved this movie, although contrary to the "professional" critics out there I liked AUJ better (this is not due to it being first--I like TTT better than FOTR). I had no issues with the changes to the story from the book, because the book has a lot of "off page" action, thus allowing for some license to fill in what happens. My only real complaint is lack of Beorn--I had hoped for a flashback scene of him tangling with Azog and/or Bolg, but that's what EE's are for. Oh, and I wish Bolg hadn't been CGI; I thought his original incarnation was much scarier (in general I think make up orcs are better than CGI orcs). But Smaug was incredible, and Richard Armitage is doing fabulous work showing Thorin's slide into madness. I was concerned about Luke Evans as Bard, because I thought he seemed a bit young (I envisioned a Clive Owen type), but he convinced me otherwise. Overall, worthy of the ridiculous number of viewings I will give it.

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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