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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Lammen Gorthaur

53, Dordrecht

Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 6
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

Well, where to begin. Peter Jackson didn't like the silly introduction of the Dwarves to Beorn, so instead he lets Beorn chase them into his house. I liked Beorn the Bear, wasn't too thrilled about Beorn the Man. Peter also skipped the part in Mirkwood where Bombur falls into a river and sleeps for a couple of days, not to mention the scene with the feasting Elves. The rest of the story in the forest was more or less from the book. Nice touch that Bilbo can only here the spiders speak when he is wearing the Ring. Still not very fond of Thranduil; i still thinks he looks and talks like Malfoy's father from the Harry Potter movies. Again, the rest of the story in Thranduil's Halls is more or less from the book, until the escape via barrel. Peter wasn't too thrilled with watching a heap of closed barrels floating down the River, so he leaves them open and let's them all be chased by Orcs. Strange plot turn to have Bard smuggle the Company into Lake Town. I'm a huge fan of everything Stephen Fry does, so i can't really comment impartially on his performance. The direcor isn't too fond of talking animals, so it is established that Smaug's armor was already damaged by Girion, so they don't need a thrush to tell that to Bard. Journey to the mountain is more or less as in the book, bit strange they leave 3 Dwarves behind in Lake Town. Dwarf-shaped staircase to the Secret Door was also a bit odd, as is the finding of the keyhole by MOONlight instead of SUNlight. Encounter with Smaug is more or less as in the book. I'm really beginning to like that Benedict Cumberbatch, what a voice! I hope he sounds as good in my living room as it did in the theatre. Sequence with the molten good was again a bit odd, but very well done. I wonder how much render time that has taken. Nice cliffhanger ending.

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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