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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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44, Kutztown
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-29
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Completely torn in two by this movie. There were elements I liked, and things I absolutely hated. In general, I felt the movie was WAY overdone and would have been much better if it stuck to the book a bit more. I realize changes have to be made to flesh it out visually on the big screen, but some of this was just ridiculous. Peter Jackson tries way too hard to tie this film into Lord of the Rings. You don't need the smack the movie goer across the face with it. The fans get subtlety.

Good Points:
The Thorin backstory in Bree. That was successful in establishing the urgency of The Quest. A nice nod to the Unfinished Tales. Also good was the inclusion of the Dol Goldur story. Excellent job illustrating the disembodied Necromancer. Consistently excellent was Martin Freeman. Luke Evans as bard was perfect. He had a very warm character! I liked Tauriel to a point and will explain further. I also applaud their work with Smaug! Best cinematic dragon evar… as it should be!

Bad Points:
Kili/Tauriel love story: COMPLETELY unnecessary and insulting! Too much stolen from Arwen and Aragorn in LOTR. Kili being deathly injured was annoying. Breaking the Company in two…even worse!!! Beorn didn't look like bear! What's up with that?! His character was completely short changed in this movie. Adding Bolg. Again, completely unnecessary! Pick an Orc villain and stick with it. The Dwarves attempting to kill Smaug totally took away from our hero, THE HOBBIT. Speaking of which, why did Bilbo take the ring off so often???! The ring wasn't strong enough to affect him in the book. UGH.

I was SO looking forward to this movie, but I feel like it was a hot mess. I really hope when they put the extended version out that they do a ton of editing. I'm sorry, Peter Jackson missed the boat for the first time for me. I'm worried about the third film now.

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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