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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-31
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Now, before I dive too deeply into this, I want to point out that I am not an extreme Tolkien purist or anything like that. I also would like to point out that I LOVED the first movie in this franchise.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Let me put it this way.
The first thing that one of my LotR fanatic friends posted of Facebook after watching the movie was: "I think Peter Jackson LOST his copy of The Hobbit while he was filming this movie. I have one he could borrow if he wants it!"
And both she and I are massive fans of both the LotR books and movies, and the first "Hobbit" as well.
Enough said.
To be honest, I did not go into my theater thinking, "You know what, I'm going to hate this." I was prepared to really enjoy myself. And I guess I did for the first fifteen minutes. Things kind of went downhill for me after the Dwarves and Bilbo went into Mirkwood.
My actual review starts here I suppose.
I did like the way the movie started off. Bree was an interesting place to begin, and it was neat to be able to see how Thorin and Gandalf met. Peter Jackson's cameo was fun too. (look for the carrot-eating guy!)
I liked how we first caught sight of Beorn, it defiantly seemed unsettling. And I loved the way they portrayed him as well, both in bear form and human. We just didn't get anywhere near enough time with him! I also REALLY missed that wonderful part in the book where Gandalf was introducing the dwarves to him one by one. I've loved that since I was a kid.
I enjoyed the short time they spent in Beorns house, but I got the sense that he had wayyy more potential than they gave him credit for. He deserved a lot more screen time.
Moving on.
Mirkwood. I mentioned that they lost me in Mirkwood, (no pun intended) and I suppose that is mainly because-um-actually it's a lot of things.
First, I didn't feel like it was DARK enough. I just did not feel that oppressive weight and darkness that I felt when I read the book. Second, they were only in there for what, ten minutes maybe? They just HAD to get those superhero elves in sooner, didn't they. Not nearly enough time to convey the panic that the company gradually felt themselves in, and not enough time to have the Bomberfallingintothestreamandfallingintoadeepmagicalsleep part even! Of course, the way Thorin was portrayed in the movie, that Thorin would have just left Bomber behind. After all, he can't risk the whole quest for the sake of one measly dwarf, can he? (ahem)
My favorite Mirkwood scene was when Bilbo climbed the tree to get a grasp on their surroundings. That was beautiful. Especially when the butterflies came poring out from the branches.:)
I guess the spiders were okay, as far as that goes. They were superbly animated and created, I don't have any problems with that, it was just....
Again, they weren't in the movie for long enough! It was like: Bilbo climbs tree. He sees trees moving. He climbs back down partway. He falls. He gets caught by a spider. He kills said spider. He cuts the dwarves free with seemingly no trouble. Then, out of nowhere, Legolas swoops in with a handy troop of elves and saves them, only to capture them. Arrgh! Everything in this movie swept along at such a CRACKING pace, that it was almost impossible to feel anything.
The Elvenkings Halls.
I loved Lee Pace as the Elvenking. I thought he did a really good job, and to my surprise, I liked Legolas a little better in this movie than I did in LotR. And wow, the Halls were really wonderful. I loved the way they were designed and everything.
As that stands, I also did not mind the addition of Legolas to this movie, but he should have stayed in the palace. Tauriel should have too.
Okay, here we go.
Hm. I guess I liked Tauriel pretty well. She was a good character, and defiantly a very talented actress, but she also had too much screen time, and oh my gosh, I did NOT like that love triangle thing AT ALL. Seriously? What was PJ thinking? I'm not even going to go into detail with that one, but it was a major screw-up.
Barrels out of Bond.
The scene with Bilbo and the Dwarves was super, super good. It was just how I imagined it, so that made me very happy. Bilbo's discovery that he had forgotten himself was really funny!
I did not like almost any other part of the next hour or whatever it was that they spent on the river though. It was far fetched, (even for an action movie) and I just didn't care for it.
Laketown. And Bard.
I liked Bard. I hadn't much of an issue with him, in fact, it was nice to have his character fleshed out a little more. I also really enjoyed Laketown itself, and the Master was pretty good as well. I didn't like Alfrid though. He was like a lamer version of Wormtongue.
I also didn't like the fact that PJ made the orcs come to Laketown. Yet another unnecessary few minutes, and another excuse to have Legolas fight. And, *sighs in despair* Tauriel again.

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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