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Bob Grimm’s “Firebreathing” Gets Burned by Inanity

In response to Bob Grimm’s 706‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Reno News and Review

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Bob Grimm’s “Firebreathing Drags On” stumbles out of the gate with an open that drags like a conversation with an Ent.  

You see, Grimm is upset about Peter Jackson’s insistence on making The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in HFR (High Frame Rate for the uninitiated). Disturbingly upset. Upset enough to devote half of his critique to it.  

Critiquing the 48 frames per second delivery is a relatively legitimate criticism—potential viewers of the film will benefit from its analysis—but Grimm’s overemphasis on this one aspect makes the review lopsided and it ultimately tumbles as a result. One can’t help but feel the critic has given too much weight to the HFR and not enough to the aspects that actually comprise a movie.

By the time you’ve soldiered through five paragraphs of Grimm’s mountainous tirade, you’ll be too punch drunk to enjoy the rest of the review.

No matter. What lies on the other side of the mountain isn’t worth the journey.

The prose is simplistic and an over reliance on declarative sentences make the piece dull and lurching. The critique is fairly desultory and Grimm neglects a few of the standard points of criticism.

This critic’s done good work, but this one isn’t worth your time.     

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