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LordOfMoria

14, Lisbon
Portugal

Date Posted: 2013-12-29
Tolkien Fan Level: 2
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? No
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I enjoyed The Hobbit very much and it achieved my expectation, but it didn't surpass them.
It was as good as AUJ, maybe a little bit superior. The acting was amazing as always, the CGI was perfect and the action scenes were... brilliant! I didn't mind inclusion of Tauriel and Legolas, nor the romance with Kili (because it will have a massive impact in the next film, where... you know) but I disliked them having SO MUCH attention, more than characters FROM the book like Thranduil, wich had abou two dialogues. Bolg was disappointing, his design was mediocre and he's character was flat. Azog was far more interesting.
My BIGGEST disappointment was the lack of Beorn, and Mirkwood. The beggining was FAR TOO RUSHED!I was expecting a balnce in the timing: slow beggining in the house of Beorn (PJ got scarred by the criticism of the slow AUJ beggining wich was actually wonderfull and true to the book), a long journey in Mirkwood, not just ten steps, a shorter time in Laketown and then a shorter ending in Erebor. I understand the need of adding new scenes to fill the film, but why adding those orcs in laketown for example when Beorn could have a much longer screentime?!
Other thing that I disliked was that ''fight'' with Smaug, at the end of it I was just tired, and that scene with the golden statue... was just ridiculous.
And the score... I love Howard Shore but the score of AUJ was way better than this one.

It was still the best film of the year, but it could have been better.

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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