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Jim Schembri Overcompensates in “THE HOBBIT: . .”

In response to Jim Schembri’s 632‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on 3AW

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One cannot help but sense the bipolar aura in “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG ***1/2 (161 minutes) M”. Granted, the subject is polarizing in itself, but author Jim Schembri leans so far towards the praise direction, one wonders if it is legitimate or  simply the manic phase of his psychosis talking.  

To be fair, this piece is most certainly entertaining. Very apt literay skill is on display here, and it is as difficult to pull away from the passages as it is easy to get drawn in in the first place. Schembri’s thoughts are conveyed with the natural passion of someone who truly loves their craft, and he clearly know how to captivate an audience. And one facet that makes this particularly accessible is the fact that he explains the subject in a way that even those unfamiliar with its facets will have no trouble bringing themselves up to speed.

However, once one gets over the initial shock of how  formidable the author’s talent is, they are left with an assessment that is so over-complimentary and  bloated, it’s hard to determine if Schembri is being genuine or simply in an unusually good mood that day. For instance, much of his praise is directed at the technology employed to deliver the subject to the masses. This attribute, as fascinating as it may be to tech fanatics, has no bearing on the content being conveyed, and hence is completely irrelevant.

Another inconsequential aspect the author insists on featuring is the work put in to create the subject. In fact, he nearly goes into the creator’s head in an attempt to understand their vision when creating it. Again, as fascinating and honoring as this introspection is, the creator should not be the focal point to this piece. The creation should be.

But any “shoulda, woulda, coulda“s are just as misplaced as the author’s presumably honest attempt to assess his subject. The end result is a piece that is deliciously appetizing, but hard to swallow.    

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