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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Kal aquinn

13, Nevada
United States

Date Posted: 2014-07-07
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

I went to the theatre full of eagerness to see another awesome Peter Jackson 'Lord of the Rings' movie, and I was horribly disappointed. It's obvious that Peter Jackson has aged in the years since LOTR was created, and I was astounded by all the changes that he's made to The Hobbit. It's true that Peter Jackson now has no boundaries. I will not go and see The Battle of the Five Armies in theatre, I'll wait till I can get it from my local library branch.

My greatest complaint is definitely Tauriel. What business does a female Elf have in Mirkwood, may I ask? I found her bearable as a character on her own, but...just not a character in The Hobbit. And her relationship/love triangle with another Elf and a Dwarf! At one point it even seemed like she was in love with THRANDUIL! It's senseless that an Elf even have kind feelings for a Dwarf. I purposely left my seat in the theatre when Tauriel is talking to Kili about his runestone, to go to the washroom.

Thranduil bugs me. His horrid 'dragon' scar...that part really creeped me out, and my younger brother who was with me in the theatre was terrified. I mean, Tolkien made The Hobbit to be a children's book, not a book that children would be terrified to even set eyes upon. Peter Jackson's film is ages 13+! Like a child is going to be able to see that. And I do not think that Lee Pace was a good pick for Thranduil at all.

Legolas...I was expecting another wonderful Legolas from LOTR. Orlando Bloom doesn't look the same. He's pretty much lost his wonderful ability to perfectly act the Elven character. He's a snooty high-up Elf prince who's so high above you that he doesn't even deign to look down at you. No way. No Legolas. That's not the Legolas that I fell in love with at his first appearance in LOTR.

Beorn is great! Mikael Pernsbandt (not spelled right?) is a great actor! I love his sweet accent. For all the mistakes in this movie trilogy, I can forgive and forget if I can see Beorn on the spot.

So all in all, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is good as a film on it's own - not a film trying to represent The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's turned into The Hobbit, by Peter Jackson.

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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