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Chris Knight Ponders Poor Comedy Atop Lonely Mountain in “Laughing Matter”

In response to Chris Knight’s 918‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on National Post

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Chris Knight is a well-regarded scholar of film criticism, however his latest snoozer may cause members of his fan club to cancel their plan. One can take comfort in the fact that the critic constructed a magnificent title with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, reviewed: Well-cast epic is no laughing matter—which should please Tolkien fans, she-elf and all.”

Actually, the full title of Laughing Matter is not as epic as it first appears. The lengthy heading reflects the boring nature of the work, which slowly transforms into a devastating summary-review. Knight seems to be saying “And then something else happens” rather than critiquing the inner workings of the film.

Chris Knight tosses out a sharp hook at the beginning of Laughing Matter with a dazzling display of Knight Talk focusing on the poor comedy of the film. Unfortunately, the critic quickly becomes part of his own joke and one may even feel like Ben Stein is reading a bedtime tale. It’s that snoozetastic, folks, and it’s unclear why Knight can’t free himself from describing the contents of the film and produce classic film criticism. The short statements on the characters briefly stimulate the mind, however the length is far from finding its way into leather-bound collections of the the most enlightening reviews.

Laughing Matter features radiant visuals, however Chris Knight feels distracted and fails to raise his game to the next level.    

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