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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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66, Naples
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-29
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes

As a 46+ year Tolkien Fan, I am amazed at this film. I remember the first time I saw The Fellowship of the Ring and how astounded I was to finally see my favorite book come to live -- well An Unexpected Journey exceeded that feeling, and now TDOS has exceed all of those feelings. If I could give 10 rings in every category I would. I absolutely loved how PJ and crew has filled in the story line from the book. I had always wished that Mr Tolkien had rewritten the Hobbit for an older audience, filling in all the missing parts - what happened at Dol Guldur for example. The acting is exceptional, the costuming, directing, special effects all have exceeded my expectations. Well done PJ, well done! I hate that I have to wait a year (hey, guys, I'm not getting any younger here) to see the grand finale. One final note: I have never seen a better dragon ANYWHERE! Anatomically well thought-out, exquisitely drawn, and BC's voice is pure evil. WOW - I've seen it 3 times already and can't wait to go see it again.

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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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