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Ben Kendrick’s “Desolation of Smaug” Makes It Through to a Solid Ending

In response to Ben Kendrick’s 1247‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on ScreenRant

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If at first Ben Kendrick’s “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review” seems like a bit of a mishmash, stick with it. By the latter part of the piece, he does a fine job of pulling it all together into a cohesive work.

Kendrick makes a good choice, starting the review right off with the plot synopsis; getting it out of the way, as it were, but using it to set the rest of the piece off rather well. He even includes a link to his review of the first film for those who are interested; this is a nice touch.

It may not be necessary to then reprise comments about the first film, especially since the link is provided, but it doesn’t last long. It also seems a little hard at first to get a handle on what he thinks of the first or second movie: he makes special mention of the prior film’s shortcomings, only to say in almost the same breath that each film (including the first one) has “a solid balance of comedy, action, character, and heart.” Yet, in the same sentence, the second film “isn’t an overwhelming step up” from the first film, yet it’s “an already strong franchise.” Confusing, eh?

Nevertheless, Kendrick finds his footing midway through, guiding the reader more easily through a clearer second half. If he seems to be trying to have it both ways early on, the second half makes up for it, leading to, ultimately, a solid read.    

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