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A. A. Dowd Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Lesser Critics With “Smaug”

In response to A.A. Dowd’s 640‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on AV Club

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A. A. Dowd continues his embarrassingly dominant ways with “Peter Jackson gets to the good stuff in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” a piece of ridiculously good criticism that will make other critics want to burn their keyboards and go home.

Like all the great ones, Dowd has that uncanny ability to completely internalize a film, swirl it around in his cranium and spit it out in prose that’s so lyrical it’s almost rhapsodic. For those with the right disposition, this is the type of work that will bring a tear to the eye and warmth to the heart with the sheer beauty of its artistry.

And, unlike many other artistic creations of great consequence, there’s not a hint of pretension to be found here (what else would you expect from The Onion, the place where pretense goes to die?).

The only place it struggles—and “struggle” is relative term here—is when Dowd seems to do an awkwardly transitioned about-face between the second (which mostly lauds the film) and third (which lambasts it) paragraphs. Perhaps this is an attempt to echo Jackson’s lurching trilogy?

No matter. When an extraordinary critic like Dowd is involved, it’s not for the plebs to question. Ours is only to enjoy.    

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