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Julian Roman’s “Desolation of Smaug” Has No Fire

In response to Julian Roman’s 629‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on MovieWeb

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Julian Roman’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Review By Julian Roman” has about as much literary beauty as a waffle iron.

Everything gets gummed up by a lack of syntactical diversity; declarative sentence after declarative sentence pile up and create so much dead weight that the entire piece groans under the heft. Roman also struggles to find good transitions between his various premises, and the result is a lurching, uneven work that never seems to be able to achieve any flow.

The critiques are fairly unsatisfying as well. Most of the criticism takes the form of “I” statements—“I didn’t like that the film did that, but I love that it did this“—which does count as a style, but only counts as criticism if it’s backed up by legitimate reasons. Unfortunately, Roman fails to do this and readers are mostly left to suss out the critic’s unexplained opinions by themselves.

There are a few real deal critiques here—“Evangeline Lilly and Aiden Turner are effective in their cross species romance” and the film “has some of the best and most unique action scenes we’ve seen in these films“—but these moments are too few and far between to warrant a recommendation.    

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