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Jonathan W. Hickman’s “Smaug Review” Is a Loosey-Goosey GabFest

In response to Jonathan W. Hickman’s 487‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Daily Film Fix

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Well, this happened. Jonathan W. Hickman has managed to write the rare iPhone review on the his way back from the theatre in “Review: THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug.” Sadly, the Hickster failed to let critique take the wheel on the way home, and one will instead find a personal story more about the idea of the film rather than an actual critique.

Hickman makes it clear that he enjoyed the sequel in Smaug Review, and readers will be pleased to know that his son did as well. In fact, Hickman reminds the reader that he also enjoyed the original and notes that “readers might remember that I saw ‘An Unexpected Journey’ in both HFR 3D and plain old 2D, and I preferred the 2D version.” Well, dang!

Unfortunately, Hickman says little about The Desolation of Smaug in Smaug Review. When the critic does focus on the content of the film, he tends to lean towards observations like “Smaug is a cocky beast,” rather than offering a bit of analysis about the arrogant dragon.

Whenever a critic writes “what can I say” and references his son in the same sentence, one can likely expect not to be blown away by deep insight. Hickman takes the typical hands-off approach commonly found in Hobbit reviews by noting that he indeed saw the film and big stuff happens. The latest Hobbit flick has a strange effect on critics which makes them offer a train-of-thought review rather than a composed and intellectual work.

Jonathan W. Hickman’s Smaug Review is the latest “smile-review”, which communicates a jolly feeling rather than legit analysis.    

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