Support - A not for profit fan community!
Join us in our forums!
LEGO Lord of the Rings Collection
Thranduil Statue

Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Letter of Name/Alias: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Ringer Review - NAME


42, Melbourne

Date Posted: 2013-12-29
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

PJ has really lost the plot here. Don't get me wrong, I like some of the additional storylines etc. However, the pacing and screenplay is just really lame compared to AUJ (which I rate a solid 7 to 8). This is far and away the worst of the PJ-Tolkien franchise. Towards the end it completely loses the plot and becomes the equivalent of Home Alone 3 - Lost in Erebor.

Things I liked:
Bard, Tauriel, Gandalf's investigation of Dol Guldur, Mirkwood, Laketown and its politics.

Things I disliked:
Overblown action scenes, the whole molten gold thing was ludicrous, Orcs running riot in Laketown, CGI orcs in general, lack of character development in any of the main characters.

Take it or leave it:
Tauriel-Kili love plot, Beorn.

Overall I have the same feeling as when I came out of the Star Wars The Phantom Menace. Such high hopes dashed in 3 hours...*sigh*

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.

Review HomeSubmit a Review