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Susan Granger’s “The Hobbit” Is Mostly Summary

In response to Susan Granger’s 338‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on SSG Syndicate

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In order to get to the good stuff in Susan Granger’s “Susan Granger’s review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Warner Bros.),” readers are asked to endure paragraph after paragraph of plot rehash, something only the most diehard fans of the critic will be able to manage.  

Granger is a capable writer and the prose works just fine, but the focus is off. There’s plot summary coming out of every Hobbit hole here, and Granger lets no moss grow under her feet, making sure you know what this film is about with an opening that goes right into an outline of the story.

Not content to leave it at that, Granger decides readers will benefit immensely from detailed descriptions of several of her favorite scenes from the flick, which, to everyone’s chagrin, she spends the next two paragraphs doing.

If you can make it this far, brave traveler, you will be rewarded with a few lines of relatively decent critique that touch on the score, production design, special effects, and the pacing, but fail to discuss the acting or director Peter Jackson’s job as helmer.

Unless you’re a super fan of the work of Ms. Granger, leave this one alone.    

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