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Randy Myers’s “Hobbit” Mostly Misses the Mark

In response to Randy Myers’s 618‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on San Jose Mercury News

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Randy Myers’s “Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ fine tunes trilogy’s engine” does just enough to lift itself out of the realm of average, but a few nagging problems keep it from being great.

The piece stays aloft thanks mostly to Myers’ breezy tone, which he expertly maintains throughout. It’s that combination that Myers does so well; buoyant and fun without being cloying or overly cutesy.

But, in all the fluffiness, the critique tends to lose its edge, leaving readers with that “Twinkie” feeling; light and easy going down, but not very filling in the end.

In fact, almost all the criticism here feels either false or so airy as to be useless. For example, for Myers, part of the film’s “appeal is how it takes us into new locations” and “much of what we see is ominous and creepy.” There’s just not much to hang onto there and, to make matters worse, Myers neglects to offer any analysis of the acting (aside from the “slithering evil of Benedict Cumberbatch”) and misses the boat on several other requisite points of critique.

The piece also sags tremendously in the middle as Myers decides it’s a good time to describe several scenes from the film. Leave this one for your third round of reviews.    

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