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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-31
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

As the theater lights came on, I sat there, numb with shock. I had just seen the Desolation of Smaug.
I knew that the ending was going to be awful, but the friend who had warned me had refused to spoil it. So I found myself sitting there, amazed, delighted and shocked.
One of the best scenes in the entire movie was the opening scene. As a Thorin lover, I found myself stifling a scream, as the amazing dwarf walks through Bree. Thorin never eats much, I have noticed, in Bag End he barely finishes his soup, in Rivendell he barely touches the Elven food, and now in Bree, he is obviously too distracted to eat. I love the way Middle-Earth movies start out with awesome flashbacks/flash forwards.
It was quite amusing, how Bilbo is trying to explain that there is something else, something much "worse" holding off Azog and co. The dwarves are not interested, and Gandalf isn't worried either. Poor Bilbo!
Beorn's house is amazing! It's beautiful! The looks on the dwarves faces when Gandalf tells them, "You'll be safe here...I hope!" Are priceless! Beorn is such a cool character, and seeing the already small dwarves at his huge table, was very entertaining...wherever the dwarves go (except Bag End) they are too small!
I really liked how Galadriel told Gandalf to go to the High Fells, it really brought suspense and excitement to the story. I jumped, along with half the theater when Radagast appears, and as the Necromancer side-story progressed, I found myself very worried about my favorite wizard, stuck in a hanging cage in Dol Guldur! I wish he wasn't still in that cage, I have to wait a year to find out how he escapes!
Mirkwood was really neat, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, worrying about the Dwarves and Bilbo. When Bilbo attacks the spider who gets too close to the Ring, you can see the turmoil going on in Bilbo's mind, and how he is horrified that the Ring has become so important to him.
When the Elven Guard appears, I found myself whispering (rather loudly, I'm afraid) "yes!" When Kili is being dragged away by the spider, I loved how Tauriel is quick to help. It's easy to see how a friendship can develop, Kili in awe of the tall, beautiful and brave Elf, Tauriel realizing that there are other races in Middle-Earth and -contrary to Thranduil's beliefs- they aren't all bad. I thought the cell scene was done very well, at first Kili and Tauriel a bit wary of each other, but Kili and Tauriel both have a curiosity about the other race, that is neat. Kili has been brought up watching his uncle have a grudge against Elves, and Tauriel watches her king obviously having no use for dwarves, so they both realize that maybe their rulers are wrong.
When Kili was injured, I clapped a hand over my mouth the keep myself from saying something to my cousin next to me. I have always liked Kili, and dread his death. So when he was shot by a morgul shaft, I was horrified! The scene that made me tear up the most was when Thorin tells Kili to stay behind. It is so sad and you can tell that through his indifference, Thorin is very worried about his nephew and wants the best for him. When the orc is telling Thranduil, Legolas and Tauriel that Kili is dying, it becomes obvious that Tauriel is worried and wants to help. Her rebellion later on helps the viewers understand that Thranduil is very self centered, and cares nothing for the world outside of his realm.
I really respected Bard, for all the trouble the Dwarves had caused, he didn't turn Fili, Kili, Oin and Bofur away. I also liked how he wasn't going to let any Dragon harm his family.
The healing scene was a little different. Tauriel was speaking in Elvish so quickly that I could barely recognize any Elvish words. But, it wasn't that bad at all.
When Kili is talking about Tauriel to Tauriel, she realizes that Kili might care for her more than she expected. Although many complain about it, I found it sweet, and wish Kili and Tauriel had more screen time together.
The battle with Smaug at the end was very impressive, and it made sense too. When Smaug bursts out of Erebor, and shakes off the gold I expected to see more, because it didn't feel like I had Bern in the theater for 2 3/4 hours, and when Bilbo said, "what have we done?" right before the credits began to play, I didn't expect it to end like that. The only reason I am willing to wait a year for There and Back Again, is the fact that 3 characters that I love are going to die. Other than that, I need to see There and Back Again A.S.A.P!
I saw The Desolation of Smaug in 2D, but will probably go back to see it in 3D. 2D didn't take the epicness away, but I think 3D will only make it better.

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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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