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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Rebecca Y.

22, Riverside
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-28
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

The movie had its hits and misses. Starting with the misses;
- The cg's were quite terrible and I've seen it in 2d, imax 3d and hfr 3d. Thinking of the flowing gold makes me sick to my stomach, it looked like a terrible commercial for velveeta cheese. When I'm so used to PJ making films with amazing graphics, why would you cheap out on the parts that could have blown people away?
-Were they using a go-pro camera for the underwater shots of the dwarves in barrels? (It was so distracting that I couldn't stop thinking about it)
-Beorn looked like a Warg. Why?
-Plot changes were all over the place and this movie isn't the greatest for the Tolkien purist seeing as how it is very different from the book and appendixes. VERY!
-Tauriel and Kili are extremely distracting.

-Tauriel's character was awesome and even though she doesn't belong, I liked her within a couple of seconds of her scenes. She is pretty freaking awesome!
-SMAUG! Personally, that's what I was waiting for and it was delivered. He is truly magnificent!
-The Woodland realm was amazing and Thranduil is so perfectly played by Lee Pace. Beorn is perfectly portrayed as well (just wish they had more of both of them).

Seeing as how I like to judge the films separately, DOS can stand on its own, but it lacked the moments that made you cheer on the dwarves (besides Balin, cause he made me ball when the door to Erebor was opened. Major feels). There was something missing, or maybe it was the derailment from the book or the sudden ending, but it was different from what I expected. One thing it certainly has done, and maybe this was PJ's intentions, was make me anxious to see how certain things will be resolved in TABA. All in all, I liked it, not loved but liked.

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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