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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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17, Fayette
United States

Date Posted: 2014-02-13
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Well, I have waited a very long time to submit this review! I first saw the film at an IMAX 3D midnight screening. it was perfect. I loved AUJ, but DOS felt a little more like LOTR to me. I did have problems with the pacing of the first half of the film. It did seem a little rushed, and I'm hoping the EE will improve the film. I also enjoyed the more subdued and darker cinematography choices for this film. I LOVED the cinematography for AUJ, but I enjoyed this a little more. Most of the CGI was top nitch and I don't agree withe complaints about the orcs being CGI. Yes, I too miss prosthetics and miniatures, but filmmaking is ever evolving! Smaug was potentially the highlight of the film for me. The scene of him flying out of Erebor and unfurling his wings to shake off the gold was beautiful. THis was hands down my favorite movie of the year. I am constanlty reminded that TABA will be our last journey in new Middle Earth cinema! I truly hate this, but I am very excited for the movie. I don't want Middle-Earth to go! It seems like we just got it back.

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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