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John Serba Slays With Humor in “Action-Heavy Movie”

In response to John Serba’s 720‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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John Serba shows once again what an inspiring—and downright funny—writer he is in “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ review: Action-heavy movie improves upon ‘Unexpected Journey. ‘” Notice this says “writer;” he is a fine reviewer as well, but it his writing talent that stands out in this piece.

Serba kids, cajoles, pokes fun, and generally has a good time here. So does the audience. There are laugh-out-loud moments in this piece, interspersed with many a warm chuckle. Referring to the movie as a “slog to Smaug,” shows he’s not afraid to turn a phrase or two. Admitting that dragon Smaug’s incessant talking “gives new meaning to the word ‘blowhard’ indicates that he’s not afraid to go up against fantasy icons. He does all this with hearty good cheer and warm humor. He speaks as one with affection for these films, though he’s not opposed to a gentle jab when called for.

The humor laced throughout this sprightly work keeps things light. He uses his banter well, whether to joke about “goop-filled thoraxes” or taking the director to task for giving a love interest  to the most attractive of the dwarfs, he keeps a quiver full of wisecracks, shooting them off with an expert archer’s precision.

Serba’s Action-Heavy Movie is yet another example of a skilled artisan secure in his abilities, artful in his work, and downright hilarious. This one’s a winner.    

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