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Josh Bell’s “Desolation of Smaug” Will Please Nerds but Not Connoisseurs

In response to Josh Bell’s 502‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Las Vegas Weekly

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Josh Bell crafts a solid five hundred word piece with “Film review: The second Hobbit is better, but it’s all middle,” however the rushed place may leave one with Hobbit withdrawals and dreaming of Smaug.

Speaking of Smaug, Bell does little to offer any insight on titular character in Desolation of Smaug. The critic waits until the final paragraph to note the dragon is an “impressively realized CGI creation,” which is a companion piece of fluff critique for director Peter Jackson’s “well-crafted” climax. The classic cliches of film criticism offer little to the reader.

Fortunately for J. B. , the majority of Desolation of Smaug is sprinkled with insight and the critic is in firm command of the written word. LOTR nerds might get all hot when Bell informs of a new elf warrior, and the overall flow makes the piece an enjoyable read.

Bell consistently offers something to ponder in Desolation of Smaug, however it all seems a bit like a meal of appetizers. The construction of four beefy paragraphs is visually appealing, but the actual content is a collection of two-sentence critiques, which are tasty treats for one to enjoy, but lack the jaw-dropper quality. Fans of Josh Bell have apparently been pleading with Las Vegas Weekly to let him have free reign to explore the world post-500 word world of film criticism.  

Desolation of Smaug is crafted by a fine master of words, however the world awaits an Ebert-like monster review from Bell.    

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