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Tasha Robinson Brings Clarity to SmaugTown in “The Hobbit”

In response to Tasha Robinson’s 1088‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on The Dissolve

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The latest piece from Ms. Robinson, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” feels like it was brought down from criticism heaven on some type of scroll. Did Robinson actually write the piece or did it just ooze out of her? Regardless, it’s a powerful creation that brushes off all the riff-raff that amuses the common viewer and speaks from the heart. Connoisseurs will be moved.

The opening anecdote on “indie-film godfather” John Sayles in The Hobbit is a brilliant way to begin the 1000 word brain sizzler.  Robinson connects the man’s words on sexy fighting directly to Jackson’s techniques in the sequel with such elegance and grace. It’s a somewhat disturbing expose on violence that reminds one that only so much fun can be had from a consistent amount of orc murders by arrow.

Speaking of arrows, Robinson doesn’t seem too impressed in with the fighting techniques of Legolas or even the physical appearances of the characters. The critic seems to be saying “Sheeatt” like the only thing that really impresses her is the giant Smaug.

Tasha Robinson’s The Hobbit is a well-exectued takedown of Jackson’s violence and weird-looking characters. One may be hurt by such fierce prose, but the critic but be commended for her bravery by plowing through Hobbitland with honor.    

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