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Joe Lozito’s “Hobbit” Ventures Deep Into Mount Critique

In response to Joe Lozito’s 689‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Big Picture Big Sound

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It’s rare indeed when you get a review as devoted to critique as Joe Lozito’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review.” Most meander around, offering endless amounts of exposition or going on jokey tangents, but Lozito will have none of it.

Smaug Review starts by providing some context by profiling director Peter Jackson’s history; his “slop-horror” filmography and the Lord of the Rings films in particular. But Lozito isn’t vamping—he’s constructing set pieces he will use later in the review.

Then Lozito gives readers what has to be the quickest plot recap anyone has offered for The Desolation of Smaug: get to the Lonely Mountain, stat,which serves as a summarization but it also helps illuminate one of his points—the plot is “simplistic.”

From there, Lozito launches into the heart of his piece—an unrelenting barrage of critique that illuminates as it entertains. Everything is covered; from the cinematography to the pacing and the actors’ performances and even an analysis of the 3D and the controversial HFR (High Frame Rate). This is clearly a critic who knows what his audience wants and fans of Lozito and fans of The Hobbit alike will rejoice in the exhaustive work here.    

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