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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Samwise Pendragon

Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I will say this for the Desolation of Smaug: it is fantastically acted, well-conceived and beautifully realized. What it is not, however, is "The Hobbit." Gone is any effort to keep this child-friendly, like the trolls and Goblin king in UJ; this is an LOTR prequel through and through. I found myself struggling, at times, to decide which was darker: This, or the Two Towers. If you're a die-hard fan of the books, go prepared for disappointment, because PJ has deviated wildly from the book, giving Bard his own major subplot, and creating the most bizarre love triangle conceivable between Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili. Tauriel in particular feels like a cheap knockoff of Arwen in places, which I found mildly insulting. I was also upset to see the ring exerting so negative an influence on Bilbo this early in the game, contrary to the supposed "resilience of Hobbits."
Setting all that aside, however, the movie is an action-packed thrill from start to finish. Violent, certainly; but also comic, gripping, and overall epic fun. Despite the fact I know the story, they've STILL managed to pull an exceptional cliffhanger ending. So, great movie in its own right, and I believe everyone can enjoy it; However, hard-core fans would be wise to forget all about the book before watching.

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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