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Burl Burlingame’s “The Hobbit” Lacks Just About Everything

In response to Burl Burlingame’s 439‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Burl Burlingame complains of the lack of inner journey in “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” however that is the very thing missing from his work. The critic serves up a webpage with “review” at the top but does little to back up his argument.

The Hobbit is far from an all out WhineFest, however Burlingame resorts to comedy rather than critique like so many of his disinterested peers. What is the film even about? It’s difficult to tell from the critic’s vague construction of words and sentences.

Burlingame merely describes things that happen in the film for the first half of The Hobbit and proceeds to note that it’s all a bit petty. Unfortunately, for the Burlingamers of the world, the critic then produces three bland paragraphs that only tease at critique. One may question if B-Game actually saw the film or perhaps has some Hobbit problems that he needs to talk about.

There is absolutely no sense of character analysis or even critique of the visuals in The Hobbit. Not even a reference to the previous film to throw Hobbit nerds a little snack. Burlingame manages to note that the film is “joyfully and wondrously created,” and offers a couple sentences to the characters in the brutal ending. Perhaps the biggest error is the complete absence of any acknowledgment of Smaug (the dragon).

Burl Burlingame’s The Hobbit is a lazy and uninspired mess.    

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