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Josh Larsen’s “The Hobbit” Is a Short, Unsatisfying Journey

In response to Josh Larsen’s 381‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on LarsenOnFilm

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Josh Larsen gets a little too caught up in reviewing moments, not movies in his piece, “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013).”

The review opens with the now requisite comparison of these latest Hobbit films to director Peter Jackson’s magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. From there, he regrettably goes down a road from which there is no return.

Rather than recap the plot with an overview or a set up of the characters’ journey, Larsen decides it’s a good idea to start describing scenes from the film (in particular, Bilbo Baggins’s final encounter with Smaug the titular dragon) and, in so doing, spoil several aspects of the film.

Yes, almost everyone knows that Bilbo meets Smaug at the end (otherwise he probably wouldn’t be in the title). However, the details involved in how this happens and the way it happens are best left unsaid.

From there, Larsen goes on to spoil… ahem, describe “other, similarly thrilling moments” from the flick. When all this is done, there’s one paragraph left for critique and what’s there can hardly be described as such. He offers a disappointingly generalized criticism of the film as a whole and completely neglects the acting, production design and everything else for which critiques exist.

Don’t bother.    

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