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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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Maeglindel Forannos

13, Holmdel
United States

Date Posted: 2014-01-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
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I thought the movie itself was great, but there are many of us out there who disliked it for reasons such disloyalty to the book. We would have also liked to have elaborated on Beorn and to have more of the lines from the book and less of the movie. Also, the Elves looked too overpowered to look real, and the dwarves too underpowered, taking our attention away from the main characters. Also, some deviations directly affected our interpretations of the characters like Bard the smuggler or Thorin threatening Bilbo. Additionally, all those fight scenes were not necessary, such as the Dol Guldur fight. Azog didn't have to be there, and the Witch-King and his Nazgul never died, so they couldn't have had tombs. The most unsatisfactory part was how Thorin and Co. battled Smaug, which never happened. Plus, the Black Arrows? There was only ever one, and it was just a regular arrow. Tolkien purists were rolling in their graves

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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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