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Todd Gilchrist’s “Second Verse” Reminds Critics to Keep Critique Hat Close

In response to Todd Gilchrist’s 754‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on The Wrap

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Todd Gilchrist never abandons his critique hat. It hangs on a special place in his office and online scuttlebutt even references a necklace which keeps the hat close at all times as a reminder of his true responsibilities.  TG’s latest brain sizzler, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review: Peter Jackson’s Second Verse Is Better Than The First,” is pure film criticism and will surely make Shia LaBeouf think “Oh, snap.”

The argument of Gilchrist is quite clear in Second Verse due to the sharp title. The critic seems to be saying “check out the title and now let me fry your brain with fire of the written word.” There is certain bravado to the piece that will make naysayers agree with Gilchrist even if they don’t necessarily want to. It’s a rare achievement and is quickly becoming known as “The Gilch” (oh, you’re going all Gilch).

TG composes himself in Second Verse and offers sweet, sweet critique on the characters (old and new), and even shows enough respect for the audience to acknowledge Sir Smaug. One will find themselves deep in a pool of insight as the critic makes waves by splashing emotion and action all over the reader, and notes how the stakes of the sequel have been raised to let LOTR nerds achieve multiple Smaugasms.

Gilchrist offers a touching tale of Tolkien reading in Second Verse, and how he learned to understand the intricacies of Peter Jackson’s visuals. The writing will make intellectuals maintain a brief natural high, while the details will please all the Hobbiteers and Gilchrestians. Powerful stuff.

Second Verse is all that and then some. Hashtag boom.    

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