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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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50, New York
United States

Date Posted: 2014-01-03
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I've seen it twice in HFR 3D and once in 2D. I like it in both formats and it seems like the HFR is better this time...I didn't feel strange and it didn't look too real, like a soap opera set. I have posted comments already so many will know my views...I had issues the first time....not enough Beorn and Mirkwood and more invented scenes, Thorin standing on Smaug's nose, the heat from Smaug's fire not melting dwarf flesh...but I had issues the first time I saw Bombadil, Arwen absorbed Glorfindal, etc.

Once I relax and recognize PJ's vision for the story, after a couple viewings, accepting that the movie is not a scene by scene recreation of the precious books (they're mine!) I really enjoy it and can't wait for the spiders, Bombur's barrel ride, Legolas and Tauriel battling orcs, and Smaug....

I still jumped and gripped my chair the third time seeing Smaug and Bilbo interact...Smaug is the scariest dragon on film and Benedict Cumberbatch was fantastic!

Thorin, Balin, and the dwarves just keep getting better, Beorn is awesome, Bard is great as is the Master of Laketown...Thranduil is fantastically arrogant, and Legolas has yet to evolve in his acceptance and understanding of dwarf culture. But he still sticks it to orcs...

I like Tauriel! I don't think she has a thing for dwarves, she is being exposed to a wider world through them, and is questioning the racist, isolationist stance of her people. She will influence Legolas. And I got over any comparison to Arwen...

Just like in AUJ, after several viewings I notice new things....the scenery, costumes, etc. Bifur does it again! When the dwarves are climbing out of the barrels covered with fish....there's a fish stuck on the axe that's stuck in his head! Just the axe in the head cracks me AUJ when the dwarves are in Rivendell and Bofur tosses a sausage to Bombur, causing his table to break...just before that Bifur holds up a head of some leafy lettuce to the fire and tries to cook it...and he's serious! Love it....

So, people in the audience each time freaked out at the abrupt ending...I liked it, figuring that with three movies Smaug's death would occur in the third...and I look forward to that, the battle of the five armies, driving Sauron from Dol Gulder, and the resolution of the tale....death will come for favorite characters, which could rival the scenes of Boromir and Theoden...

I hope I can see it a couple more times in the theater....

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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