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Matthew Razak’s “The Hobbit” Is for Rapid Razakians Only

In response to Matthew Razak’s 797‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Matthew Razak’s “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a hit or miss affair that hits just slightly more often than it misses.

He opens with a quick bit of comparative criticism that works well and serves as a nice set up for criticism of The Desolation of Smaug later in the piece. But, when he launches into the requisite plot recap, the cracks start to show. You see, Razak gets a little slap happy with the details here, a gaffe that is sure to upset the rabid fans of films about little people with big, hairy feet walking single file with tall, bearded Brits wearing robes and goofy hats.  

Not content with pissing off just one group of nut jobs, Razak even flouts the gods of critique with reckless abandon, throwing around the clichéd buzz phrase for this film (yes, it was clichéd long before this film), “massive action set pieces” and, by using it twice in one sentence, he seals his fate. Stand back, Mr. Razak, lest ye be struck by lightning.  

There is value to be had here, to be sure. Razak’s critiques, while fairly standard, are perfectly attuned to his audience and presented clearly enough to warrant a read in you’re a fan.     

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