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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Barrel Rider

Date Posted: 2014-01-12
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

"The Desolation of Smaug" is, by far, in my opinion, the best of all Peter Jackson's Tolkien films. My sister and my Mom and I have been avid fans of "The Lord of the Rings" films. We were a little hesitant to see "The Hobbit", because we were sure they wouldn't be as wonderful as LotR. Boy, were we wrong! We LOVED the first part of "The Hobbit" (better than LotR, actually, if you can believe that!), but this second installment is even better. We've already been to the theater to see it five times.

Peter Jackson's directing and the editing is AMAZING! In fact, I wished that I could have rated the editing with 10 Rings.

The heroes are so much better this time around. The men are manly and not afraid to get in there and fight. Every dwarf is fabulous, and it will take a long time to see every little detail.

Legolas has only improved with the passing of a decade. He is great. Tauriel may not be in the book, but she is a fabulous addition to the cast of characters. Bard is portrayed just perfectly, I think, as is Beorn. Wow! Beorn's Swedish accent was a brilliant bit of casting.

Smaug is a Cinematic achievement that all the folks at Weta should be proud of. He looks real.

Thorin is fabulous, and he doesn't have a bad line or moment. I think that the real award should go to Martin Freeman as Bilbo. He has to be one of the greatest actors that ever lived --- not to mention the greatest Hobbit of all time!

All in all, I couldn't recommend this film enough. Now to wait for the DVD . . .

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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