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John Beifuss’s Review of “The Desolation of Smaug” Delves Deep

In response to John Beifuss’s 1077‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) 

http://blogs.commercialappeal.com/the_bloodshot_eye/2013/12/ddfs-3.html

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John Beifuss’s “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ A Review: The Muchness of Jackson” is a review of Peter Jackson as much as his movie.

The Muchness features a consideration of Jackson as an artist to the critical analysis “The Desolation of Smaug” and how the film features his directorial hallmarks—for better or worse.

His conclusion about what he claims Jackson believes is his real competition (not other blockbuster movies but multi-season fantasy television series such as “Game of Thrones”) is the most thought provoking thing in the review.

The competition between film and television for the recreation dollar is as old as Tolkien’s books. At least since the 1940s, when movie theaters began to be designed like little palaces to lure people into a glamorous world outside their living rooms, the competition has raged. Indeed, the current 3-D craze has its roots in studios’ efforts to distinguish the movie experience from the at home one during the 1950s, when the popularity of television was exploding.

Beifuss gives the reader much more than what too many other critics do: a rehash of the same praise and criticism, albeit with a different style, that one can find on any number of reviews. Beifuss is the type of reviewer a reader would seek to find out more than just whether a movie is worth $12.    

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