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James Berardinelli’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” FlashesGAMEOVER

In response to James Berardinelli’s 832‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on ReelViews

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In as blunt a send-up (down) as you may find anywhere in reviewland, James Berardinelli’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug confronts Emperor Jackson with the absence of any filmic clothing on his hefty person.

And, what d’ya know, the sky isn’t falling, largely because that sky in this particular wannabe sorta epic-in-the-making is, well, computer generated, like much of the ‘video game’ that it is, opines wisely on the otherwise patently obvious to non-acolytes of said Emperor.

Now exposed---that is to say, Jackson’s indecent exposure’s been thus---the ostensible ‘bloating’ may be fully appreciated.  And don’t worry about the kids, hey, it was a kid who started the whole thing (see: H. C. Anderson’s fairly tale).  

With all the kingly horses and all those busy men and women at his disposal, what the regal Jackson manages to produce is a violation of what the last century’s master of literary brevity counseled: “Don’t confuse motion with action.”  Thankless in Papa Hemingway’s direction, Berardinelli’s Smaug implies that Jackson might likely have given the royal finger to such wisdom, reasoning that we should dismiss Papa’s advice as confusingly suicidal.

That irony is not lost on Berardinelli’s Smaug, and, as is too often the case that ‘firehouse is burning’ moment has arrived for this ‘game’ attempt at filmic fantasy in the form of storytelling suicide----GAME OVER.    

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