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John Hanlon Suffers From Comedy/Critique Bad Dream in “The Desolation”

In response to John Hanlon’s 533‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on John Hanlon Reviews

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Is this thing on? There is absolutely no humor in John Hanlon’s Film Criticism 101 piece, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and his one-liner style of criticism must be the result of a bad dream or perhaps heavy Smaug.

The Desolation is about as basic as you can get. The piece is highly unimaginative, and Hanlon simply does enough to let his audience know that the film is exciting and better than the first. What happened to the Hanlon Hot Sauce?

The Hanman begins strong with a witty opening paragraph that drops a forceful statement on the reader. However, it’s not long before the critic offers classic cliches of criticism. Director Peter Jackson’s vision is “powerfully impressive“and the world is “visually astounding.” The critique is never developed and jaws may drop due to the lackluster analysis.

After three snoozerific paragraphs of plot summary in The Desolation, Hanlon brings even more of the vagueness by noting the action is “elevated” and “more exciting,” which may lead the reader to simply give up.

The final weak paragraph of The Desolation lets one know “the plot isn’t as compelling” but “still, the action is compelling.” It’s all compelling!

The Desolation is a collection of words from How To Write A Movie Review.    

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