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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Date Posted: 2014-07-11
Tolkien Fan Level: 9
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No

Hello! I apologise if my review seems harsh!

I love a good hearty story which gives the time to making sure that they have their loose ends tied up in a nice little bow. The Hobbit is a story that is purposely different in tone and style. It is a little adventure book, about a Hobbit who goes on an unexpected journey. It isn't a story which begins with him going on an adventure and then becoming about how everyone else except him, feels. This film over stuffs it narrative with unfortunate consequences because those making the film seem to think their last chance to tell a story from this lengendarium so instead of choosing to tell the story at hand properly, they spend more time stuffing the film with stories belonging to other books and then changing them so it doesn't resemble or make sense in any part of Tolkien's world. I understand that there isn't enough material to neccessary make a complete film from it, however this film pushes it luck. It should have been told from Bilbo's perspective and then everything else should be a cameo. Instead, we hear about how every other characters feels first. The film doesn't seem to settle on a tone either. It should be a lighter hearted story. Instead, it is wrongly trying to be dark like the Lord of the Rings and then has misplaced dire attempts at humour. It has so many loose ends and things that don't make sense which is ignored in favour of implausible battle sequences which waste time because the film is far too long. There are way too many things all happening at the same time. As a female reader, I think the only down side to Tolkien's story is that there aren't any female characters in the narrative. As a fan of cinema, I think the film fails to improve on this on. I love how Bard has two daughters, however Tauriel doesn't feel natural. The worst thing is the overuse of special effects which makes the film look like a video game sometimes and various character designs which I thought were just plain silly (Beorn and Radagast).I am not a purist who demands the films be true to what is being adapted from to every letter, however I do wish films would keep in touch with the book and make sense!

In light of this, I think it is kind of ironic that the best moments of both films are the two scenes which resemble the book the most, ie. the game of riddles and the encounter with Smaug. There are a few other things I thought were good and I have given them either four or five stars just under this review so be sure to look there if your interested in finding out what they were! To conclude, I thought the films were quite poor and will choose not to revisit them. As a fan of the book and of wholesome stories, I shall in time choose to ignore these films and hope that in the future, there shall be another fan who will re-adapt these books and tell this one the way it should be told! Thank you for reading. I don't mean to be so harsh, there are a few things that I love too, unforuntately these films weren't for me! :)

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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