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Colin C0vert’s “‘Hobbit’ Returns With a Vengeance” Is Pure Delight

In response to Colin Covert’s 793‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Collin Covert’s “‘Hobbit’ returns with a vengeance” is a delight, pure and simple. It’s not going to win any awards, but it is one of the feel-good efforts of this review season.

In Covert’s piece, the movie isn’t just exciting, it “fizzes with excitement.” One scene in particular isn’t just thrilling, it’s “a zesty brew of thrills and gleeful carnage.” Moments like these jump out throughout the review, and there are many. The reviewer is not afraid of overpraising, that’s for sure. Even when he’s proclaiming, “What an eye, what an expansive imagination” when talking about the film’s director, or asking how many craftsman it took to “weather each cedar shingle  and warp each plank sidewalk,” he doesn’t overburden the audience, despite his apparent desire to use every adjective at his disposal.

If, at times, these moments of exuberance seem a bit much, well, this critic can be easily forgiven for being over the top; his observations are always based in knowledge of film craft, and his enthusiasm is highly infectious. He lays things out clearly using prose that sparkles.

This piece never lags and is never boring. For a rip-roaring good time, read ‘Hobbit’ Returns With a Vengeance.  The smile it gives you will last throughout the day.    

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