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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2014-02-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I will start out by saying I am a huge fan of the books and loved the LOTR films. But the Hobbit movies have strayed so far from the book I honestly don't see how it can still be called The Hobbit. I understand adding in material Tolkien had written after the release of the Hobbit in order to flesh out the back story. But Peter Jackson went beyond that and decided that what Tolkien wrote was not good enough so he had to rewrite it. He is blinded by greed and hubris.

Tauriel was completely unnecessary and a useless character, created only for Peter Jackson's manufactured love story. Jackson is not reinterpreting the book, he is completely rewriting it to add filler in order to stretch it into another trilogy. The scene with the spiders was a complete mess. Where was Bilbo's courage? Non existent because Peter Hackson wanted the dwarves to be rescued by elves to set up his lame "love" storyline.

It almost feels like Jackson has never read The Hobbit book and only the summary printed on the back dust cover.

I will not be seeing the third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's fan fiction reimagining of the Hobbit. Thanks for nothing Peter Hackson.

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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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