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Jim Vejvoda’s “Hobbit” Is Far From Short on Words

In response to Jim Vejvoda’s 1336‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on IGN Movies

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At an opus-like 1336 words, Jim Vejvoda’s “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG REVIEW,” has more than enough time to stretch out and offer readers layer upon layer of detailed critique and, depending on your perspective, this makes it either the greatest thing since Skyrim or a bloated, overwrought bore.

Now, if you’re reading it on IGN, you, in all likelihood, fall into the first category and will relish every second like a pig in crap. Let’s assume this is the case, then, and move on.

Vejvoda opens with the requisite recap of the plot and, even though this takes up a hardy 5 paragraphs, it feels rushed, as if he can’t wait to get this out of the way and get to the good stuff—a sentiment likely shared by his readers. If feels perfunctory because it is perfunctory.

Once he gets past the nuts and bolts (you can almost hear the sigh of relief) he’s free to roam about in geek heaven, analyzing the bejesus out of Jackson’s picture down to the toenail.

If you’re not game to delve into the particulars of Bard the Bowman’s translation from novel to screen, scroll down to the bottom and catch the final verdict. If you are, well, this is near perfection.    

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