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Marc Savlov Enters Anti-Critique Phase in “The Desolation”

In response to Marc Savlov’s 390‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Austin Chronicle

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The Smaug Effect on film criticism is often brushed off by the finest critics, but unfortunately most resort to simple statements because…that’s what the audience desires? No, the reader typically likes to enjoy a bit of critique from their favorite film critics, but Marc Savlov doesn’t’ understand this concept in the hands-off “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Savlov begins The Desolation with a crafty opening paragraph that looks the reader in the eye and delivers an argument that will please all types of Savlovians. The writing is catchy and one will certainly feel the heat of the Savman’s Smaug.

However, the critic gets wimpy in the second paragraph of The Desolation, which sets the tone for the rest of the cutesy piece. When it comes to the plot, Savlov notes “I’m not even going to attempt to capsulize Jackson” and also that “you either know what’s going on going in, or you don’t.” Smaug is everywhere, reader, and there is no time to break down such ideas like the plot or thoughts associated with analysis.

The argument of Savlov in The Desolation is that the film is superior than original, however he never really explains why.  The statement of “there’s so much going on,” will lead one to believe that things happen in the film, and tremble with anticipation to discover what exactly goes down. Suspense!

The Desolation is submissive criticism and Marc Savlov fails his audience.    

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