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Ed Whitfield Takes Down Smaug Proper-Like in “The Desolation”

In response to Ed Whitfield’s 804‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on The Ooh Tray

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Props to Ed Whitfield for delivering a proper takedown in the tightly written “Film Review: The Hobbit—The Desolation of Smaug.” E-Whit stays true to film criticism despite his concerns and certainly doesn’t abandon the reader by leaving them in Smaug limbo. Nobody wants that, and the critic understands his responsibility by looking after legions of Whitfielders.

The writing of Whitfield is strong in The Desolation and never comes across as whiny or pouty. LOTR nerds may disagree, but certainly can’t deny the content of the piece. The running time of the film is pondered, and the critic virtually pokes Peter Jackson as if to say “Hey, pal. What’s with all the fluff?” Readers will surely be moved by Whitfield’s yearning for better Smaug.

The Desolation is quite entertaining and Whitfield brings the comedic goods by taking on the personality of Peter Jackson with a hilarious commentary on all the “scale and stuff.” E-Whit obviously didn’t enjoy all the padding.

Despite the powerful takedown, Whitfield accuses J. R. R. Tolkien of caring little for women and “non-whites”, which seems out of place especially since he doesn’t offer any evidence. Connoisseurs will likely hyperventilate and Hobbit-heads may simply cry.

Ed Whitfield doesn’t back down from criticism in The Desolation, which speaks volumes of his devotion to the craft.    

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