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William Bibbiani’s “The Desolation of Smaug” Doesn’t Earn Its Finale

In response to William Bibbiani’s 901‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on CraveOnline

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William Bibbiani’s “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has many problems, ranging from prose that confuses to a conclusion that’s a surprise, and not in a good way. It’s a bit of a mess.

Lets start with that ending. It’s hard to trust a reviewer who seems to be saying one thing only to pull the rug out from under the audience at the end. Let’s just say that, while the review offers both good and bad about the film, whether he ultimately recommends the film or not (no spoilers here) seems to lean one way, until the final wrap-up (and, especially the rating he gives the film), which does not seem to match at all. The twist ending doesn’t feel earned or set up properly, as if he wants to have it both ways.

There are plenty of other problems as well. Flat attempts at humor for example (Oh, when you were referring to Tolkien’s appendix for The Hobbit, you weren’t talking about that “appendix” part of his body? Hardy-har-har!).

There is also the issue of wordiness. Too many times the audience gets lost as the reviewer tries to explain. This is especially apparent when Bibbiani talks about the difficulties a middle film in a trilogy has coming to a satisfactory conclusion. something the audience can identify with after reading that section.

Overall, any worthwhile analysis is overcome by burdensome prose that is a struggle to get through. With a finale that rings false, the struggle isn’t really worth it.    

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