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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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40, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Date Posted: 2014-02-12
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

It could have been brilliant. It started brilliantly, it paced itself well, and promised to deliver a thrilling end. Then it started to fall apart. Sure, there were a few mishaps that indicated trouble was afoot: The Bolg/Azog switcheroo which was never explained, followed by extremely choreographed action in the barrel escape. Then Laketown came, which was very well done, but more and more strangeness crept in: The strained Alfred character, splitting up the party. Despite the brilliant approach to the mountain, the showpiece entrance got too silly: Really, the dwarves would give up just like that? Thorin would toss the key aside and shove the map into Bilbo's hands and storm off just like that? And, despite an utterly brilliant entrance by Smaug, he's in the spotlight for too long. He was out for so long, I really didn't want any more (if only we could have borrowed a minute or two from Smaug to extend the Balrog scene in Two Towers!). So the old adage, "Leave 'em wanting more" didn't work at all. Then came the utter failure end piece: the awfully conceived "Drown Smaug in molten gold" scene. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Thorin running under Smaug's legs with the wheelbarrow! So, don't let that harsh criticism get you too down - I still thoroughly enjoyed the film and there were indeed moments of brillians. I thought the first hour was near perfect. But I was disappointed that this was easily the weakest of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth movies. I had high hopes; they weren't met.

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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