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Daniel M. Kimmel Gives E. B. White the Finger in “Smaug”

In response to Daniel M. Kimmel’s 605‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Sci-Fi Movie Page

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Daniel M. Kimmel’s “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” defecates all over the time honored art of film criticism and then wipes with the pages of The Elements of Style.

E. B. White read the review from heaven and, upon seeing the brutality with which Kimmel treats the basic rules of punctuation, grammar and syntax, decided to pluck off his wings and jump off the nearest cloud.

Okay, that’s a bit harsh. THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is not Robin Clifford bad, but there’s much that is wrong here. From the open, Kimmel’s prose stumbles all over itself. Trying to make sense of it is a bit like seeing those Egyptian Hieroglyphics: you can see it’s a picture of a cat, but why is it holding a spider?

To be fair, Kimmel does sneak in a few sarcastic witticisms that work well and his vitriol against these sacred cows of Misters Tolkein and P-Jack is a refreshingly honest change of pace from the lathering.

The plot recap gets a little loose lipped, though, and rabid fans of movies about characters walking toward a mountain will surely be upset.

In the end, some proof reading and cleaning up could have made this a much better piece.    

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