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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2014-01-06
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

First up let me just say that I loved the previous four movies and can understand and accept 98% of the alterations from book to move that were made. But it's with great sadness that have to say I was extremely disappointed with this movie. As always Spoiler Alert!!

There are two things that traveled the length of the movie that I found very aggravating, firstly almost every step of the way content that could have been taken from the book and at least in some way adapted into the movie was not included in favor of either more action or content that was completely invented. Such as the sub plot between Tauriel and a dwarf, the chase scene leading up to Beorn's front door, but worst of all, the orc attack in Lake Town....

That last scene leads me to the second gripe I have with the movie: "throwbacks to LOTR". It started with Peter Jakson recreating his first cameo from The Fellowship in the town of Bree. At first I thought it was amusing. If not a bit odd that Thorin was there at all. But it seems as though this location and scene were included just for that little throwback to LOTR. They did it again with Legolas riding things like a surfboard multiple times, also the "kingsfoil scene" then again with the "Tauriel as Arwen moment" leaving me wondering did they invent this character just for that throwback? After all she seemed like a not-as-good-as-Legolas elf-warrior with a bad and unnecessary sub plot added to justify her existence. (Sorry Evangeline Lilly you acted well for your part).

They seem to have wanted to hit two targets for this movie. 1. cave in to the action junkies that whined about the fantastic first Hobbit movie. And 2 remind people that this move is related to LOTR with way to many pointless throwbacks! Well congratulations you hit your marks guys, and ruined the movie!

On the more positive side all the actors played their parts very well and Smaug was stupendous! There were still a few moments loyal to the book that reminded me it's still meant to be a Tolkien story and not a mindless action movie. And most of the special affects looked amazing.

Overall The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was an massive disappointment, and I hate having to say that I really do! Did Peter Jackson fall asleep? Did he sell out to suits and marketing teams? I don't know but I'd like to believe the extended edition would fix this mess but without some alternative scenes to replace the worst offending moments in this movie I don't hold much hope that it could get any better.

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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