Movies  •  Critics  •  About
Existimatum  >  Movies  >  The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug  >  Reviews  >  Concrete Playground

“THE HOBBIT: …” Is Tom Glasson’s Magic Ring

In response to Tom Glasson’s 501‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Concrete Playground

By ,

Tom Glasson’s “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” has an appeal that becomes more addictive the longer one is exposed to it.  

To be sure, this piece is not without its flaws. One that sticks out like a sore thumb (and just as bloody) is Glasson’s tendency to dwell on inconsequential aspects related to the subject’s public image, rather than  the subject itself. This does nothing but bog the piece down with unnecessary dialogue that seems more pleasurable for the author to type than the reader to read.  

Thankfully, the above stays mostly confined to the opening passages. And once this minor obstacle is out of the way, the piece really begins to pick up steam. Hence, the persistent reader will find a robustly entertaining and well-structured analysis of the subject. Every element has a purpose and supports the author’s case beautifully. That combined with spot-on analogies and clever transition makes for a generally enjoyable read from start to finish.

Another positive aspect that the audience will undoubtedly detect is consistency. At no point are the author’s feelings towards the topic in question. He aims true and retains focus throughout the diatribe all the way to and including the satisfying conclusion. Hence, the reader will leave knowing what to expect, and have a much better foundation to base their decision to explore the subject for themselves.

It is brief to be sure, but “THE HOBBIT: …” has all the necessary elements of an outstanding literary critique. Glasson mixes concise thought with colorful narrative seamlessly, and it all amounts to an intriguing tale that should not be judged solely on its stature. For although the journey may be short, the experience is memorable.    

Quality of Writing Quality of Argument Spoiler Avoidance Presentation