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Stella Papamichael’s “The Hobbit” Isn’t a Journey Worth Taking

In response to Stella Papamichael’s 660‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Radio Times

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Stella Papamichael’s review, if nothing else, has the unique distinction of having the longest title for an artistic work to date (it clocks in with a word count longer than most reviews these days). “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug review—“a film of great moments rather than a great film” even adds a subtitle to cement its award: “Benedict Cumberbatch lends a strangely seductive tone to the dragon while Martin Freeman walks the fine line between strength and frailty.”

Is this some new technique in which critics cram everything they can into the title in an attempt to pander to Millennials’ hamster-like attention spans? Possibly.

What’s more likely is that Papamichael has forgotten the old adage that goes like this: “Pithiness is next to Godliness.”

There’s evidence to support this claim. While this is a 660 word piece (which puts it in the middle range in terms of length) it feels like a much longer work thanks to Papamichael’s penchant for sentences that tend to run on or tack on non-sequiturs or add superfluous info in order to pad themselves.

To be fair, there is worthwhile critique to be had here, it’s just a shame that you’ll have to wander for days to find it.    

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