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Jason Buchanan’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Clears the Air

In response to Jason Buchanan’s 781‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on TV Guide's Movie Guide

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Ingeniously downloading the truth of truths to an overly digitized public at large which should, via its pocketbooks be grateful, Jason Buchanan’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug shows spectacle to be far too frequently unspectacular.

Yet, he may as well have scolded  a crowd of Wall Street financiers that they seemed unable to keep from making spectacles of themselves---the applause mixed with laughter would prove his point, self-evident to the rest of us.

And, so it will go, the peer-driven young and the middle aged ‘dinner and a movie’ crowds will, themselves, become the perpetual motion machine which drives the wheel of ever-greater unspectacular spectacles, even without the 3-D spectacles.  

Buchanan’s Smaug unmasks his thoughtful alter ego, one Les Moore, pleading a losing case in the court of King Midas, a. k. a. Hollywoodland.  Like that original hillside sign’s real (estate) purpose, the meaning is lost in a hopelessly deep, wide pile of papered over value signifying money.  

Monetization, that au courant noun crafted into a very active verb whose by product is free of Midas’ old rather sticky problem of even his food becoming gold once touched.  No such problem when Hollywood gets its own accountants who never touch the lucre, just keyboard entries of it on plasma screens.

Which brings us back to Buchanan’s Smaug as cautionary ‘tail’ with no chance of wagging bloodhounds in the form of dwarves and elves in search of Jackson’s rechristened homeland: Yenom.     

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