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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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

I think that "The Desolation of Smaug" was okay. It included some things that I was pleasantly surprised by, and went into detail on some things that I would have omitted. I thought most of these choices were a really mixed bag of some smart decisions paired with some poor ones.

Overall, the actor's performances in this movie are great. The score and sound are great. The costumes, makeup, set design, CG, and other effects were great.

While it is a long film, the pacing was fairly good. However the film lacks a screenplay with a strong sense of objective. This is not to say that the events that are included in this film do not big tension towards the final climax of the final film, but the film doesn't complete many high stakes arcs.

All narrative films that are of any stock must have a problem that the characters are to solve by the end. This is even true of trilogies. In the Lord of the Rings films, while "The Two Towers" was the middle film, there were objectives that the characters had to achieve that had high stakes. Rohan was under siege and our heroes either had to defeat the Uruk Hai at Helm's Deep or they would be lost.
The same is true of both "An Unexpected Journey" and "The Fellowship of the Ring." In the first Hobbit film, the company must get free of the goblins, and then get free of Azog, or they will die. In "The Fellowship of the Ring" Frodo and the fellowship must escape the Uruk Hai or be destroyed.

Overall I feel that while the Hobbit would benefit from its own trilogy, however, this film doesn't contain a strong enough conflict or plot to warrant its existence, and would have benefited from some condensing in order to include the resolution it strongly foreshadows.

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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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