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Sandie Angulo Chen’s “The Hobbit” Will Satisfy Fans

In response to Sandie Angulo Chen’s 546‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Common Sense Media

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It’s easy to pigeonhole or dismiss a review on a site whose main focus is informing parents about the appropriateness of the content contained within a film—Common Sense Media is one such site—but here Sandie Angulo Chen, in her review “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” does a respectable job of dissecting the film outside the parameters of its objectionable content.

The review is broken up into three easily digestible sections—“What parents need to know,” “What’s the story,” and “Is it any good?“—which helps to delineate between the actual review and the review meant for the parental units.

Chen’s prose is capable enough and she maintains a pleasant tone throughout, while mixing up the syntax and achieving a delightful and congenial flow.

The critique isn’t going to win over any self-important film students, but they’re not the audience here. Concerned parents are the ones reading this, and they aren’t going to give a flip about whether The Hobbit belongs to the Cinema du look movement or not. They care whether the films works on a level that will satisfy their kids and enable them to sit through it as well.

With those as the criteria, Chen has succeeded.    

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