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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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24, Boulder
United States

Date Posted: 2014-07-22
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

While I am a huge fan of the original trilogy, I found the latest installment of the Hobbit to be lacking in some areas. For me one of the things that made the original trilogy so iconic was the music. Shuffling through the soundtrack, you find yourself instantly transported to a very specific time and place in middle earth. Not so with the new films. With the exception of some themes from the shire and Rivendell, I feel very little connection with the new themes Howard Shore has written for these films. The music aside, these films are the collective work of some of the best people in the business at what they do. Whether it is the set design, the costumes, or the VFX work by Weta Digital, the look of these films is stunning. While the original films were limited by the technology of their time, in my opinion these tricks made the films appear much more realistic than the current VFX heavy hobbit movies. While I know that many of these tricks simply do not work with the 3D technology, I don't like seeing where these movies are going with the complete digital scenes, and sequences where the only part of the actors is performance capture. By putting less emphasis on the VFX of a scene, I think it allows the fantastic acting in these films to stand out and not get lost behind effects shots. Although the effects of the movie are extremely complex and very well put together, there were several scenes that seemed incomplete are stuck out as a sort of sore thumb. One in particular was the horse running on the bridge leaving Laketown. Everything else aside the six films that will eventually comprise middle earth, will stand for a very long time as an example of bringing to life one mans vision of a world previously unknown.

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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