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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Matt Starr

17, Kingsport
United States

Date Posted: 2014-03-26
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I don't know what Peter Jackson was thinking at all when he reviewed the screen play and script for the second movie in the Hobbit franchise... He said that the most important thing to him was sticking to the books.

Now I completely understand the fact that somethings from the book have to be cut to keep the movies shorter... but instead of cutting them he changed them altogether until it is just a film very loosely based on the book.

The first movie "The Unexpected Journey" was well done in this aspect but the sequel has ruined the book and the trilogy with its ridiculous cutting and taking away from a beautiful story.

I am a huge fan of the book and the first movie but as a close fan... I have read the book 13 times and have it pretty much memorized and to see NONE of my favorite parts even come close to making it on the big-screen and characters that did not exist and love triangles that were utterly ridiculous...

So in conclusion, The Movie from a pure entertainment view was extremely well done (Special Effects, Acting, Directing, overall quality) But sticking to the story is now no longer a weapon in Peter Jackson's huge arsenal... and that was a huge disappointment. I would give this movie a 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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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