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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Marshall David WahlstromHelgren

Date Posted: 2014-01-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I had no idea what to expect for movie two, I have to say the whole time I was watching the film I was on the edge of my seat, The first scene seemed a bit strange as it seemed it should've been in the first film and not the second but after changing scenes and showing the subtitle "A few months later" it made sense. I loved the intensity of the film and how much darker it becomes especially when Gandalf learns the Necocramer is indeed Sauron. Loved Beorn and at first when he mentioned he hated dwarves that, surprised me but then it came back to me that was indeed true to the book. As for Azog attacking Beron's people I don't recall that detail but its possible it was mentioned, and I over looked it. After remembering he was not fond of dwarves, but hated orcs, I grew fonder and fonder of his character. I loved the voice of Smaug, I thought it was incredibly true to the book it would've been interesting to hear Christopher Lee voice him, but I love Benedict Cumberbatch nonetheless. I think if Lee had seen what work had to go into making Smaug he would've refused the part. The finding of the door to the mountain was something that was of large interest to me and when I saw that scene, the only thing I don't recall is the dwarves leaving but it brought back to my memory what Lord Elrond said that the key whole would only appear on the last light of the moon. Though Tolkien wrote as the sun and moon in the sky together. Overall I thought the movie was extremely well done and I cannot wait for There and Back Again, I will for sure watch the first two movies over and over! I give the movie 5 stars!

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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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