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Loey Lockerby’s “Awesome Dragon” Forgets to Critique

In response to Loey Lockerby’s 716‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Kansas City Star

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To say that Loey Lockerby’s “‘Desolation of Smaug’: Bigger thrills and an awesome dragon” is light on the critique is like saying Peter Jackson’s movies are lengthy.  

In fact, Awesome Dragon lives in the past on a Jaleel White level, doing more reviewing of Jackson’s first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, than it does of the movie at hand.

Lockerby opens with a paragraph of said criticism of the first film in this trilogy, stopping briefly to offer a quick superficial word on Smaug before launching into one of the most intricately detail plot rehashes the world has ever seen. It’s an imposing block of text that takes up an obscene two-thirds of the piece with what can only be called needless filler.  

This is not your average set up—it’s a scene by scene rundown that makes you feel as if you’re reading the Cliffs Notes for the film.

There’s little to no critique to speak of unless you count Lockerby’s closer: “only real frustration is that it’s over already, with a cliffhanger that guarantees an even faster ride.”

The prose is above average and Lockerby maintains a jovial and conversational tone throughout, which makes for a pleasant enough read, but the lack of any analysis here makes this one a non-starter.     

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