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Grag Maki’s “Smaug” Drowns in Poor Visuals

In response to Greg Maki’s 742‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) 

http://www.stardem.com/blogs/moviereview/article_0334fccd-5592-5a67-985d-2edfa121f740.html

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Greg Maki does his best to create good work within the horridly designed confines of Easton, Maryland’s Star-Democrat, whose tiled background is so low res it’s difficult to make out. All you can say for sure is that it’s revolting.

No matter. The critic had nothing to do with its selection. It’s just a pity is all. Because Maki’s “REVIEW: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’,” is a solid piece of work.

The writing is expertly crafted and Maki manages to create an amiable tone while remaining a dispassionate observer. The approach is scholarly; there’s no attempt to be cutesy or inject puns at every opening, but even so, the work could have used a little levity. There are moments where the proceedings become a bit too dry and will cause some readers to glaze over.

The piece falters a bit in the plot recapping by getting a little loose with the details (spoiler-ish stuff) and also outwearing its welcome by lingering a little too long.

The critiques are pretty standard fare and, for all the scholarly tone, you’d expect some probing insights, but the depth here leaves a little to be desired.

In all, it’s an above average work that lands somewhere on the second tier.    

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