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Rebecca Murray’s Review of “The Desolation of Smaug” Is Lightweight

In response to Rebecca Murray’s 954‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Rebecca Murray’s review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a featherweight treatment that plays fast and loose with movie titles.

Readers will be forgiven for wondering what the subtitle of the first movie of “The Hobbit” trilogy is: “An Unexpected Journey” or “An Unfinished Journey”; Murray uses the latter, nonexistent subtitle more than once in her review.

This lack of attention to detail in her review of “The Destination of Smaug” is glaring. One could assume that it is an innocent edit-and-replace word processing mistake if Murray weren’t so vague in her gushing praise. Her review of the “The Disinclination of Smaug” reads like a short, capsule review and feels like 200 words padded out to almost a thousand.

It’s unfortunate because there are glimpses of what her review of “The Destitution of Smaug” could have been. Murray herself is not destitute of ideas or of interesting and insightful things to say. The improvements she says occurred between the making of “An Expurgated Journey” and “The Desiccation of Smaug” are thought provoking. She also shows an intelligent appreciation for the leavening effects of humor on storytelling.

Murray’s review of “The Desecration of Smaug” while desecrating the subtitle of the second film in “The Hobbit” trilogy is harmless enough.    

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