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Tod McCarthy’s “The Hobbit: …” Delightful, Albeit Slightly Despondent

In response to Todd McCarthy’s 1070‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Hollywood Reporter

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While it is fun to get lost in Todd McCarthy’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Film Review”, one feels the need for an illuminated blade sometimes.

For the most part, this long-winded diatribe, for all its rotundness, is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The imagery is laid out with immense vibrancy and illuminated so brilliantly, it’s almost blinding to the mind’s eye. The audience will find their imaginations titillated and tickled as they peruse this text. It is a fascinating journey into the world the author creates, and almost as endearing as the subject it is based on.

However, there are times when the narration becomes murky, to the point that it is almost impossible to determine where McCarthy is leading. Other times, the text is outright wooden, even lifeless. It’s difficult to discern the author’s strategy in that regard, other than to possibly emulate the foreboding and looming doom that manifests in the subject itself. However, his skill in that regard is somewhat lacking, as the mundane text and predictable set-ups sort of nullify the emotional impact when the rub is revealed. Thus, his attempt to embellish misfires and he then finds himself awkwardly trying to reestablish the tone he set before straying down the unseen path.

The above not withstanding, this is still a satisfying read, as long as the reader is not expecting a dramatic all-encompassing tale with a climactic finale. In that respect, it mirrors the source material as sort of a bridge leading into McCarthy’s next offering.    

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