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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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40, Union Grove
United States

Date Posted: 2014-06-19
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? No

The worst atrocity is the depiction of Radagast the Brown and his Rhosgobel rabbit driven sleigh. In Tolkien’s world he was sent with Gandalf, Saruman, and two other wizards to help save Middle Earth. It would be comparable to angels being sent to Earth in human form with an approaching apocalypse. But in the movie Radagast is depicted as a bumbling Jerry Lewis type character. He was stripped of dignity in appearance with the addition of bird fecal matter in his hair. In the books there never was a mention of Rhosgobel rabbits; in The Fellowship of the Ring Radagast rode a horse when he met with Gandalf at the edge of the Shire. Peter Jackson could have used him in different ways since he was a friend of the eagles, and probably of Beorn since Radagast is described by Gandalf as a master of shapes and hues.

They created a paradox with the white orc, Azog, chasing Thorin’s group. In Tolkien’s history Azog had killed Thorin’s grandfather, Thror, in Moria. This lead to one of the greatest battles between Dwarves and Orcs where Thorin got the name Oakenshield and Azog met his end at the hand of Thorin’s cousin Dain. Tolkien gave Azog a son, Bolg, who led the Orcs in the Battle of the Five Armies. In Jackson’s movie the Necromancer replaced Azog with Bolg when he failed to destroy the Dwarves. When Peter Jackson brought Azog into the films he in essence deleted an entire section of the history of Dwarves.

There were many events in the movies that were greatly dramatized and changed for Hollywood purposes: the impossible love triangle, videogame-like barrel fight, an orc invasion of Lake-town, plus the preposterous climatic flight-and-fight scene with Smaug, Bilbo, and the dwarves. Of all the changes I personally believe the division of the dwarves at Lake-town has the most far reaching consequences. In Tolkien’s book the dwarves were stubbornly loyal to Thorin and would not have been separated from him except by death. The separate storyline following the four dwarves left behind in Lake-town will be completely alien to the original text.

This is a trilogy that should have never been. At best this should have had one sequel. I'm sure the last installment will drag in millions for the companies involved - we all know that is what is important and not the integrity of the storyline.

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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