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Pete Vonder Haar’s Zany “Hobbit” Is as Fun as It Gets

In response to Pete Vonder Haar’s 710‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Houston Press

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And now for something completely different…

Pete Vonder Haar is having so much fun in “Reviews For The Easily Distracted:  The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” it should be criminal. If Monty Python and the members of the Algonquin Round Table had a one night stand, the result would be the pleasantly bearded Mr. Vonder Haar, whose witticisms and madcap lunacy make for the most boisterous and entertaining review of a film about little people marching toward a mountain you will ever read. Guaranteed.

Vonder Haar throws his plate of critical spaghetti against the wall and, amazingly, most of it sticks. This zany style may not be everyone’s cup of tea—namely, those whose hearts are a cold, dead place and also possibly coma patients—but, for the right audience, this is genre reviewing done to perfection (the genre being Padded Cell Gonzo-ism).

You see, this style would not work 9 times out of ten; it would come off as an annoying, cloying mish mash of warmed-over crap. But, in the capable hands of the venerable Vonder Haar, it sings.

He does let the wackiness overpower the critique at times, but there’s enough genuine analysis tucked into all the insanity to warrant a hardy recommendation.    

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