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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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14, Sacramento
United States

Date Posted: 2014-01-04
Tolkien Fan Level: 3
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

So my mum and I stepped into the theater expecting something fantastic. The Desolation of Smaug was beyond that. It was extremely mind blowing and totally epic. I really admire the seamless addition of Tauriel to the film. She really fits in perfectly with the story and adds that female that us girls have been waiting for. As far as how the movie starts and ends, it is executed well. As Peter Jackson himself has said, it is a little more difficult to make a second chapter because there is no definite beginning and end.
I feel the way Peter started the film showing Gandalf first talking to Thorin about reclaiming Erebor, was great. The way the film was ended was such a cliffhanger, and it isn't an abrupt ending. If you look real closely it is seen that the movie is going to come to a close momentarily. All our characters were settled in a certain situation so it wasn't like you had no idea where everyone was headed.
As far as costumes, computer graphics, make-up, and music score, two thumbs up. The costumes are absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. Each race of people or creature has the appropriate color scheme and style. The graphics where pretty good most of the time. There was a scene or two that was a little less real looking, primarily at the beginning but it didn't muck up the whole movie. Make-up and hair was a glory within itself with this movie. Everyone's hair style, contacts, prosthetics, you name it, where all properly executed. Now the music score by the very talented Howard Shore, was a little different. Different in a good way that is. Many scenes used existing music from the Lord of the Rings and An Unexpected Journey, as well as add in some new music that fit in just as well as what we are used to hearing in these films.
I really have to hand it to the actors. They acted through make-up, hair, and plastic beautifully. It really looked like they WERE those characters, not actors playing characters. I believe that a movie isn't a true movie without real acting. I have seen those movies where the acting was so bad and even the other cool aspects of the film couldn't cover it up.
One last thing I believe was the most crucial to the film was Smaug. The way he was designed and built in the computer was really truly life-like. I had to remember in the theater that I was watching a computer generated character interact with real people. Oh, and Benedict Cumberbatch's voice applied to the dragon was phenomenal! It was so deep and creature-like. I think Smaug's eyes were one of the neatest features about him. They were a slight glowing orange. The pupils looked like a fancy diamonds.
Overall Peter Jackson and his crew put together another brilliant, emotional, action-packed ride of a film. One that will help the Hobbit Trilogy go down in cinema history like Lord of the Rings did years ago.

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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