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Liam Maguren’s “Desolation of Smaug” Is Awe-Inspiring in Its Compactness

In response to Liam Maguren’s 266‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Liam Maguren’s “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” may be brief, but it’s still packed; in fact he manages to convey in under 300 words what some writers  need three times as much to explain, making his work here an unqualified hit.

Blessed is the writer who knows how to use their words well. In three paragraphs, Maguren tells the potential film goer  everything he needs to know, and does so with a splendid compactness that is a marvel to behold,

The critic’s analogy of comparing the second film with a sprint (as opposed to a marathon for the first film in the trilogy) lets the audience know on which side of the fence he sits. He highlights a few scenes before focusing on the characters in such a way as to make this review stand out among others.

Finally, he saves his most glowing comments for the last paragraph. The audience will have to read the review to know which scene deserves such attention, but the sense of awe he projects for this moment may be enough to make the audience run out to the theater right then and there.

In truth, there’s something awe-inspiring about a critic able to say so much with so little. Perhaps you’ll even want to read it a second and third time to fully embrace everything this reviewer has to offer. But read it you must.    

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