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Once Out of Sight Daniel Barnes’ “Desolation of Smaug” Is Out of Mind

In response to Daniel Barnes’s 145‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Sacramento News & Review

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There’s nothing inherently wrong with Daniel Barnes’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The piece is just not very interesting. It just sits there; once out of sight, out of mind.

At least the review is short. Certainly nothing wrong with that either. The history of film reviewing is filled with wonderfully insightful, interesting and entertaining works that one could read during a brief two-block walk. But if you’re going to keep a piece under 150 words, as this one does, those words need to pack some punch, or at the very least spark some interest. This review does neither.

Barnes does try some humor right from the start, announcing the “good news” that “there are more beheadings and fewer half hour dinner parties in” this second installment of the trilogy.” But, perhaps wisely, he drops the humor after that, going for bland observations and making a couple of references to other films, one which might go over the head of even the most avid filmgoer; it is definitely out of place here.

By the end, the critic doesn’t even take a firm stand. With work as brief as this, you might like to know if he recommends the film.

If The Desolation of Smaug proves one thing, it’s that even a short piece can still feel too long. Leave this behind and use that two-block walk to admire the scenery instead.    

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