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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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22, Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

While visually stunning, mind-blowing even, this film had far too many weak points and dragged out way too long, especially in some of the fight scenes. The dragon was incredible, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the perfect voice - the scene between Bilbo and Smaug was by far the best in the movie. It was such a shame that the rest of the film came across as very self aware, with wasted characters and cringy forced love triangles - and the way the Mirkwood elves were portrayed was a bit of a let down.

Please, PJ, why are you trying to make the Hobbit the same as LOTR, down to the camera angles and references? We simply end up judging it from that viewpoint and end up dissapointed - nothing can match what LOTR created, so let the Hobbit speak for itself, it's still an awesome story! Give the characters more depth, the story a bigger sense of meaning and journey, and stop resting on your LOTR laurels. I am truly sad to say that I'm not really looking forward to the last Hobbit film, and that I would give this one 3/5.

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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