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Mick LaSalle Fails to Notch a Legit KO in “Smaug”

In response to Mick LaSalle’s 734‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on San Francisco Chronicle

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Mick LaSalle consistently devotes himself to true film criticism, but his latest piece, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” reminds of a young whipper-snapper boxer who swears he’s going to inflict some damage but ultimately wins by TKO.

Smaug is fundamentally sound, and LaSalle’s forceful prose almost reaches through the webpage and grabs the frightened reader. One can imagine the critic’s fingers just a-typin’ away as steam blows out his nostrils like so many raging bulls.

What’s lacking in Smaug is a commitment to a classic takedown that truly digs deep and allows one to walk away thinking “Well, damn. Game over.”

Unfortunately, LaSalle only manages to express that he is pissed off in Smaug, which is clearly apparent by the opening statement of “Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should never have been made.”

LaSallians and people of the world undoubtedly respect the opinion of the critic in Smaug, however slamming the “murky” look doesn’t quite backup how the film “fails in almost every way.”

Overall, Smaug is a successful takedown. Sadly, LaSalle only briefly comments on his displeasures such as dialogue, loss of balance and the poor progression of the plot. The writing is clear and full of literary vigor, but the entire piece feels like more of a rant rather than a cool and composed visionary smack down. One can only dream of the day when Smaug will be brought down with extreme force, but it doesn’t happen here and LOTR nerdboys and gals will sigh with relief.

Smaug will scorch the eyeballs of the curious reader, however Mick LaSalle fails to notch a legit KO.    

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