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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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36, Houston
United States

Date Posted: 2014-01-11
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Once again, as with Lord of the Rings, I have a bit of an issue with deviating from the book. In Twin Towers, when Faramir brings Frodo back to Gondor I could not understand why, it made no sense to me, why couldn't they leave it as it was in the book? But it was also how they ended that part of the trilogy.

Now with The Desolation of Smaug, while the graphics and characters were quite amazing, even doing an excellent portrayal of Smaug himself, although the golden Smaug was not really to my liking, the entire story is trailing away from the actual story and attempting to link it with the Lord of the Rings, adding in the story of Sauron slowly coming back to power and building his forces.

In some ways I can understand why they might want to link The Hobbit with the Lord of the Rings trilogies since the LOTR trilogy movies have already been made, and Sauron coming back to power is mentioned in the LOTR book. This is similar to how the newer Star Wars Episode movies were created to tell the untold story of Darth Vador and link it all together. But in some ways it takes away from the actual story of The Hobbit. Plus, I didn't like how they showed the shadow of Sauron in his full form when Gandalf confronted him at Dol Gudar, it seemed a bit cheesy to me.

I am torn between being a fan of the actual books, and this newly extended and redone version of The Hobbit taking parts from the original story and creating an extended story that originates from the LOTR book, which included Gandalf confronting Sauron at Dol Gudar, but in the LOTR book Sauron flees because he wasn't strong enough at the time. It was also annoying that the title, The Desolation of Smaug, which gave me to think that this was where Smaug was destroyed, was in fact a failed attempt of turning him to gold.

While the next movie should be quite exciting with Bard finishing what his ancestor could not do all those years ago when Erebor was first taken by Smaug, I am still a bit leery of this extended creation to the original Hobbit story. Even though the discovery of Sauron coming back to power seeking the One ring, Gandalf confronting him at Dol Gudar, and the council seeking to prevent him from gaining the One ring are in the LOTR book, and happening when The Hobbit was happening, it makes me wonder if this just Hollywood's way of overextending an already amazing story or a new way to bring Tolkien's vision of combining the stories in the LOTR book to light?

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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