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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2013-12-31
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I exceeded my char. limit in my last review without even making it to Smaug, (Entirely my fault) so here I am again.
I suppose I'll cut right to the mountain.
The Mountain AND Smaug.
I think it took way too long to get around to Smaug in the first place, something I never wanted to complain about ever. A middle earth movie bloated and filled with unnecessary action? Never. But it had to be said.

But once we finally got to the dragon, what a dragon it was. Being pretty much the ONLY part of the whole movie that had characters using lines right from the book, acting true to how they were written, and slowing down the pace a bit, I was blown away.

Smaug was incredible. I hail the many people that took probably months if not years of their lives to make him something that you will never forget.
Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect addition to the movie, but after saying that, I have to admit that if I hadn't already known that he was Smaug's voice, I never would have guessed that it was him.:)

After Bilbo took the ring off because of Smaug though, the movie lost me and did not find me again until the very, very end.
I did not like ANY of the whole letsgetridofsmaugbyuseinggoldtodrownhim parade. It was ridiculous and dumb. Especially Thorin with that wretched wheelbarrow. I swear I sank all the way down in my seat when that part came on. Heaven save us!

Gandalf in Dol Gildur.
That was interesting. I did like that addition, but for some reason, I just wasn't feeling any of the emotions that I wish I had felt. No fear, no suspense, no worry for Gandalf's safety.
Maybe that was just my problem though, I don't know.
The Destruction of Thorin's Character.
That was sad. Really sad.
I was literally punching my seat when he forbade Fili to come with the company. The real Thorin would have never done that, even if one of the dwarves was badly injured.

Fili had a point in the movie when he told Thorin that he had the right to see his father's homeland. Especially when he had already come so far. But no.
Thorin was ruined for me, just like Faramir was in LotR. And all for the sake of more drama.
I think while I'm at it, I ought to put down a few more things that bothered me.

1) Bilbo had little to no character development.
2) The addition of Blog.
3) The soundtrack wasn't as interesting.
4) A major CGI overkill.
5) And some other things I forgot.

So, I suppose I didn't enjoy the movie as much as I wish I had. PJ took something magical and tried to turn it into a major Hollywood she-bang. I was very disappointed, but I'm still going to go back and see the next one, giving him the benefit of the doubt.

And hey, who cares what those big name critics think? If they thought a slow introduction, and not enough romance and an overall boring movie was bad, but the fans liked it.....
Than make another slow boring movie and bring back Tolkien, because if you're looking for him here, you are out of luck.

I'm sorry if I come across as an annoying nit-picky wacko, but it's just my opinion! I have plenty of friends who absolutely loved the movie, and I don't think any less of them for it.

I just feel like it's not a bad thing to expect a little more of a movie that is coming from such a good franchise.:)

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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