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Tim Grierson’s “Hobbit” Is an Introspective Treat

In response to Tim Grierson’s 947‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Deadspin

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Often, when you call a review “personal,” it’s code for “this guy just likes to make a bunch of “I” statements without backing them up with anything substantial,” but Tim Grierson’s “Back In The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Reviewed” is an excellent example of where “personal” works to great effect.

Instead of a collection of likes and dislikes about the film, Back in the Hobbit is an earnest analysis of what makes a film work for him (or not) and a refreshingly open discussion of his biases and preconceived notions about J. R. R. Tolkien’s work and Peter Jackson’s interpretation thereof.

Grierson’s prose is as intimate and inward-looking as it is steady and mannered, and he approaches the critique in the same way, providing readers with solid, well-reasoned arguments presented in perfectly structured paragraphs.

If there’s any wart to be seen on this beauty, it’s that Grierson spends a little too much time in introspective thought about his perception of the film and not enough giving readers legit, real-world critique, if only because the critique he does offer is so brilliant.

But for those whose boats are floated by this sort of thing, this work will be a wonderful change of pace.    

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