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Antonia Quirke’s “The Hobbit” Is the Complete Package

In response to Antonia Quirke’s 497‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Financial Times

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Contrary to popular belief, the Financial Times does not look at the fiscal considerations of films, though readers have reported seeing Antonia Quirke giving a standing ovation when the film’s accountants appear in the ending credits.  

In reality, Quirke is no slouch when it comes to the art of film critique and “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a surprisingly worthy entry in the landslide of reviews being offered on the new Peter Jackson blockbuster.

The prose is shockingly salty for what you would expect from a normally dry publication, and it’s all the better for it. Quirke’s writing is full of snark, but it’s also tender at times and even downright poetic at others. Case in point—Martin’s performance under director Peter Jackson is described thusly: “he’s a butterfly directed by a sledgehammer.” Gorgeous.

As useful as the writing is, Quirke’s criticism outclasses it. This is deep logic here, and she shines a light on certain aspects of the film that no other critic has even approached thus far, giving readers insights into a film, that, on the surface, doesn’t appear to hold many secrets.

Come for the wonderfully composed prose, but stay for the painstakingly orchestrated analysis.    

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