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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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13, Leavenworth

Date Posted: 2014-07-08
Tolkien Fan Level: 7
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Let me first start off by saying that it was a good movie. EXTREMELY different from the book. I enjoy it a lot, but I really think of it as really good fan fiction turned into a movie. I'll address each of the characters, then some of the plot-line.

Mr. Freedman's acting was flawless, but we could have seen more of it. I liked how you could see the growing obsession with the Ring.

The One Ring
Like I said before, I liked how you could see Bilbo's growing obsession with the Ring. I can see how they are trying to tie The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings, but in the book it wasn't so extremely dangerous to use at first. It was a bit of a slower take-over.

Brilliant. That's all I can say.
"Undoubtedly it's a trap." Gave me shivers.

Well done. I have never particularly cared for the tiny beard bit, as the Elves in Rivendell said that his beard was 'long enough without wetting it'

He was okay. I know I keep referencing the book, but in it it said that he was a wise a good king, and his people were (obviously) Elves, and therefore a kindly people. The movie portrayed them as rather cruel, except Tauriel and Legolas, who you're obviously supposed to like. I DEFINITELY have a quibble with his eyebrows. I mean, really? But that's just me, and doesn't add much to the story.

I had always liked Legolas in the Lord of the Rings, and defended him against those who said he was only a pretty-boy. (Yes, I'm a thirteen-year-old girl, no, I do not have a crush on the Thranduilion) In the Lord of the Rings he's not. The whole 'the orc gave me a bloody nose so now he must die!' thing changed my mind. If Mr. Jackson was trying to make Legolas into a pretty-boy, he has succeeded.
I completely understand Legolas's presence. He was a favorite in Lord of the Rings, and he was at least five hundred years old at the time of it, so of course he was in The Hobbit. I don't, however, completely understand how 'The Hobbit' became 'The Elves'

She's great as a fighting Elf maiden. If that were it, I'd love her. Unfortunately, that's not it. Elf/Man romance I understand. Elf/Dwarf romance turns my stomach. I apologize if my view offends Kili/Tauriel shippers, it's my opinion, and you're supposed to be truthful in a review.

O. My. Merlin. He was amazing. Completely, absolutely, amazing. His voice, his appearance, everything. The only thing I don't like is that he could sense the Ring.

Bard & Co:
I loved the family!Bard. I loved his children. I never had really thought about it before, but he would have had to have a wife, as he had Bain, and there was no reason why Bain should an only child.
I wish he would just shoot the arrow from his bow, and not have to go through the whole windlass thing, but I can allow for it. I certainly hope they have the Thrush/Raven news-bearers in The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Master & Alfred:
Hated them. As it said in 'Fire and Water', the Master had not got his position for nothing. He was elected and wanted, the leader of a prosperous town, not the dictator of a poor, starving village. And really, one Wormtongue is enough for Middle-earth.

The Dwarves:
I loved the brotherly love between Fili and Kili, it made me cry thinking about the Battle of the Five Armies.
I also loved the loyalty Balin showed to Bilbo, going in with him into the tunnel, just like in the book.
I didn't particularly care for the comic relief that was some of the dwarves, they are on a solemn quest to reclaim their homeland, not a Hobbit walking party.

The Plot:
It was okay, if looked at as a completely different story from the original Tolkien classic. There were some obvious problems, of course, but there are with any movie. The main ones that I could see are these.

The romance. Elves and Men are both children of Iluvatar, but the Dwarves were made by Aule, and are unlike the first two. To have an Elf/Dwarf romance is ridicules and nauseating. Also, when Tauriel does the chanting thing, she's just a copy cat of Arwen in the Fellowship of the Ring, if you're going by movieverse.

Dol Guldor. In Unfinished Tales, the Wizards are forbidden to match Sauron's power with power. Even Saruman does not break that command. When Gandalf was battling with Sauron, I thought I was watching something from Harry Potter, some advanced form of the shield charm or something.

The Nazgul. It clearly sates in the Fellowship of the Ring, both movie and book, that they were men and had faded. THEY WERE NOT BURIED! There were plenty of barrows in Angmar, but the Nazgul were never buried there, the Witchking of Angmar was already a Nazgul when Sauron sent him there.

Something I Loved:
The barrel chase. While not cannon, it was so dang awesome that I forgive it it's wrongness. Me, Mom, and my brother were laughing our heads off at Dwalin's face.

In the Valar,

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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