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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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50, Owensboro
United States

Date Posted: 2014-04-28
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I will preface my review by stating that I am a long-time fan of J.R.R. Tolkin and his writings. I must express my disappointment in the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, based primarily in two areas . . . first, the screenplay and secondly, the special effects. The screenplay, like the previous Hobbit movie and to some degree even the Lord Of The Rings movies, takes an "action-above-all" approach that leaves the real story of Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves lost as if it were dropped somewhere along the paths of Mirkwood. I understand that a movie must use different methods to tell the story and that it cannot function as a straight narrative of the book. This is not my complaint. My complaint is that the story has strayed so far from the path that the heart of the story has been removed and bares no resemblance to the original story. So many actions of even the central characters are actually so opposite of the original characters from the books, it spoils that which is the real strength of the story. In its place, we have a hollow shell that barely conveys any of the real adventure. So very disappointing! My second disappointment is in the Special Effects, primarily the very fake and unconvincing CGI. This is most obvious in the Orcs and Wargs that are pursuing Thorin & Company. Instead of communicating any believability, I can't help but think of Gmork, from the Neverending Story, and even he seems more fearsome than these creatures. One of the things that worked in the Lord Of The Rings was the actually make-up used to create the Orcs. The Wargs didn't work well in LOTR either, but at least the live actors in Orc make-up countered that failure. Here, both fail . . . and worse they have been made such a central element in the story/screenplay. I am afraid these elements grossly out-weigh any positive elements that remain. Sorry, but this one really misses the mark!

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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