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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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38, FinksburgMaryland
United States

Date Posted: 2013-12-29
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

If you go in to this expecting something along the scale of the original LOTR, you will leave disappointed. If taken on its own as a good, well acted action movie, you'll leave very satisfied! Unfortunately for me, I wanted it to be exactly like LOTR. Character development isn't nearly as thorough as the originals which makes getting emotionally attached to the characters very difficult. Jackson has also placed way to much faith in cgi. While great when utilized properly (smaug was amazing), many scenes were clearly overdone and looked fake. Live action was one of the things that made the originals so great. So many cool characters in the movie weren't given enough screen time to develop. Beorn for one was a great character who will play a VERY significant role in the third film. He was given maybe 5 minutes on screen! Woefully inadequate. Peter needs to lengthen the hell out of these movies to really develop all the characters fully! Peter poured so much passion and emotion into the 3 originals! I feel as though these movies were just put together to pull in lots of money with lots of fancy action yet little character depth. Not a bad movie don't get me wrong, just not even close to the level of the LOTR trilogy! I've seen it once in the theaters, and do not feel the need to see them again until they are released on blu-ray. Saw each of the originals 3 times in the theater and do an original EE trilogy screening in my theater every year and it is as exciting and moving to me as it was when I first saw them!

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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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