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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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54, Bathurst

Date Posted: 2014-01-24
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I loved DOS much better than AUJ. AUJ had too much comedy and unrealness about it. The tone in DOS is more serious and more realistic and therefore makes for a better film. It is closer to the excellence of the LOTR films.I still loathe the dwarves.They are still aggressive,greedy,selfish,crude thugs and bullies.They were not this nasty in The Hobbit book.Only Balin and Bofur show any sign of real likeability.Thorin is still a whining,negative fool.So easy to see why he is doomed.
I loved the Woodland Realm elves in this film.They are perfection.I found King Thranduil an excellent character.Perfectly portrayed.I loved The portrayal of Legolas in this film.I love how he is more like his father;
haughty,severe,and very dangerous yet still graceful and elegant and fey.These elves of this realm are my favourite of all the elves in these films because they are elves yet so different. The look and sound is excellent.The acting is excellent. Bilbo and Smaug scenes were perfect but then were spoilt by the silly dwarves scenes at the end which took away from Bilbo and Smaug.That was very disappointing. I loathe the whole Kili/Tauriel thing.It ruins Tauriel,s otherwise good character.I wish they had Thranduil's wife in this film. If they could have Legolas then why not his mother.She would have been there too.It would have given us another female character in the story. Such a missed opportunity.I love Tolkein,s books.I am very grateful these films were made.

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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