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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2014-01-01
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I can't figure out whether I'm slightly dissapointed, or neutral on the DOS. There was very little character development (save for Bard and Tauriel), and little meaningful dialogue (again, outside those two plus Thranduil). In the first half especially, there was more music and plot-marking dialogue than character development. the second half was mostly well done.

If it weren't for the fact that Bilbo's actions at the beginning of the Fellowship were supposed to be a surprise even to Bilbo, I would have really liked PJ's take of Bilbo's relationship with the ring. As it is, I still rather liked it.

Bilbo's central role and heroism dwindles a tiny bit, or maybe I was disappointed that the Dwarves never seemed grateful for anything Bilbo did. the Bilbo-Smaug meeting was very good, though.

I was a little disappointed with the Beorn scene, but I thought the Gandalf-Sauron encounter was well done

Perhaps the worst bits to me were: 1. The movie strayed just a little bit too far from the book. I don't like exact book copy movies either, and PJ did a very good job with LOTR and AUJ, but this was borderline. 2. No development of the friendship between Bilbo and Thorin. It came so close; I would have loved it if Thorin was the only dwarf who came back when Bilbo found the keyhole, and the others came back later (just to show that Thorin alone had that little bit more faith in Bilbo than the others), but just missed.

I liked the emotion when Thorin and Balin enter the mountain.

The film also looked great, the CG was (mostly) very good, and I liked Bard and Laketown.

So for me, the DOS teetered, but didn't fall. And if PJ nails movie #3, then this will be a great trilogy. Maybe not a masterpiece like LOTR, but very good nonetheless.

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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