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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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14, Vaughan

Date Posted: 2014-01-07
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The second of the Hobbit trilogy is by far my favourite. In comparison to the first, it moved along faster and had a lot more action instead of flashbacks and talking; which was a great improvement. The number one thing I was looking forward to was seeing Smaug and from the trailer, I started out a little disappointed because I didn't like the his face looked. In the movie, Smaug was AMAZING! Maybe it was the shadow Smaug was in in the shot in the trailer, but in the movie, Smaug was by far the most amazing, well done character of the movie. Another thing I was going into the movie with a bad impression of was Tauriel. She started out as a made up character that I felt like didn't need to be there, but in the movie, her presence was very well inserted while still keeping close to the original book. She was a different kind of elf, being more aggressive and was entertaining to watch as Evangeline Lily did a great portrayal and there was a female character to relate to. As for the relationship of Tauriel and Kili, they were one of the most memorable moments of the movie. "Are you sure you don't want to check me for weapons. I could have anything down my trousers." Hilarious! Their relationship not only brought another level of love to the movie besides the love and care between the two brothers, but also some humour to make an otherwise dark movie happy. Costumes and make-up were all well-done and though last time the 48fps did make everything seem faker, this time it was different. It didn't bother me as much and I actually liked it. Howard Shore's compositions were amazing as always, and Ed Sheeran's end credits song I see Fire was a perfect choice of style and the lyrics were spot on. Acting of all the characters was well done, but I want to give a special applause to Benedict Cumberbatch for being a terrifying Smaug, Evangeline Lily for being a powerful female presence, Martin Freeman for showing development in courage within Bilbo while still keeping a hint of fear and innocence, Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner for being such perfect siblings and making me fall for Fili and Kili all over again, and Orlando Bloom for bringing back a beloved character from Lord of the Rings and not only making him younger and hotter then ever, but also more vulnerable and lovable. As for the story of the Desolation of Smaug, it ended with perfect suspense that pissed me off because I didn't get to finish, and began with action that never let me down and continued throughout the movie. Now, the disappointments of the movie were few but still there. I wanted to see more Beorn. His part long in the book and did need to be cut for the movie but not that much. Also, Bilbo needed to have the ring on more often when talking to Smaug. Though almost everytime he took it off, it made sense in a way, I wanted to see Bilbo playing around the Smaug more instead of Smaug finding him within a few seconds. Finally, the spiders of mirk wood scene needed more Bilbo playing messing with the spiders. The naming of the sword was well done within the time that Bilbo started to help the dwarves to when Legolas and Tauriel intervened, but even though that was perfect a little more rock throwing would have been fun to watch for me. In general, the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the best movie of 2013 with amazing acting, art, costumes, effects, and directing; so well done Peter Jackson and the cast and crew! I loved every second of the movie while I was watching it and was on the edge of my seat during the whole midnight screening I saw. The little things added like Kili getting hit by the arrow in while escaping the elves and Tauriel using the Kingsfoil to help him brought back great memories. Peter Jacksons cameo in Bree as the stranger eating the carrot was not only hilarious but also amazing memory of LotR which I loved seeing again. Congratulations on the amazing movie, I loved it and can't wait to see There and Back Again next December despite the fact that so many of the characters that you've gotten me to love are going to die. See you next year!

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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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