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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

A good overall movie, but I felt like it wasn't really The Hobbit anymore, more of a fanfiction. The Tauriel/Kili romance was completely unecessary, and there were so many things taken out:
-The dwarves entering two by two into Beorn's house
-Didn't Bombur eat some of Beorn's honey? The who Beorn scene was cut short
-The dwarves didn't tell Thranduil that they were starving!

There were also some additions that I didn't understand:
-Azog chasing the dwarves through the whole movie
-Kili got shot in the leg with a Morgul arrow???
-Him and three other dwarves had to stay in Laketown.
-The way that it was "Tauriel to the rescue" with the athelas was overdone
-The way Thranduil talked to Tauriel about Legolas was rude and didn't portray Thranduil well

But, of course, there were many good scenes!
-Walking through Mirkwood was very mysterious and clever!
-Bilbo peeking through the trees was amazing
-The spiders were incredibly well done!
-Anything that had to do with Smaug was amazing, and he looked great!
-When Thorin doesn't let Bilbo go without the Arkenstone, that really captures Thorin's greed.
-Hiding the dwarves in Laketown (and Dwalin coming out of that toilet)
-There was a lot of well-placed humor
-We start to see how the Ring affects Bilbo (even if it's not that true to the book)

Overall, I thought it was a great movie but a bad book adaptation, and a huge improvement over AUJ with how the story went along. However, AUJ still had pretty much all of the book elements, and I thought the absence of so much of the book in DoS made it feel like it was no longer Tolkien's book.

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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