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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2014-03-07
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

The movie was overall amazing and much better than its predecessor. However, there were a few key things that took me out of it as I was watching. For example:
1. Kili, Tauriel and Legolas' little love triangle. This made Legolas' character, one that was loved and adored in the LOTR films, somewhat unlikeable.
2. Tauriel's character, from the start, was a bit annoying (why would an elf love a dwarf?). The way she acted, similar to Eowyn in LOTR, was upsetting. Yes, we understand you're a girl and can do anything men can do, don't show off. The character was unneeded and only put in, as I've read, because of the lack of female leads. Galadriel is all we need.
3. Special effects. Smaug was amazing - better than expected. However, like everyone else, I'm complaining about the melted gold in Smaug's fight. The way the gold was running along the furnace trails, how it looked on Smaug, and how it exploded in Thror's statue was completely unrealistic-looking and downright silly (although the way it comes off Smaug as he takes flight is beautiful) to watch.

The rest of the movie was fine, no exceptions. Sure, "true" Tolkien fans will complain about events in the film not happening in the book, but I was completely entranced the whole way through (forgetting the love story, of course. Take lessons from Aragorn's and Arwen's, and don't distract from the story!). Great movie!

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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