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Chris Bumbray’s “Desolation of Smaug” Is in Need of an Energy Boost

In response to Chris Bumbray’s 791‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on JoBlo's Movie Emporium 

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/review-the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-bumbrays-take

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Chris Bumbray’s “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a strangely passionless affair. Perhaps this is because, as he admits, he is only a “casual fan” of this type of film. The casualness certainly comes through, serving as a detriment to the work.

This lack of passion conflicts with the site’s presentation, which is vibrant, colorful, and exciting to look at. The presentation speaks of a true ardor for film review; the piece itself does not. It’s like opening a brightly-wrapped package only to discover a used tissue inside.

The language here is flat. Take, for example, “The best thing about The Desolation of Smaug is that the action starts right away.” That’s hardly a phrase that flies off the page. Nor does a phrase like “It’s good, if far from great,” inspire the audience. Adding that “if you’re a fan” of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, “you’ll probably still love this” comes across as mildly insulting. Perhaps the reviewer brings to the film some preconceived notions that can’t help but color his attempts at analysis here.

To his credit, Bumbray finds good and bad in the film to talk about, and some of his observations are useful. But, overall, this is a rather blah piece of work in need of an energy boost.  Taking the time to read this might cause you to nod off.    

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