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Elias Savada’s “The Hobbit” Is Eight Hundred Words of Nothing

In response to Elias Savada’s 806‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Film Threat

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Don’t let the word count fool you. Just because a critic puts together several paragraphs of thoughts doesn’t necessarily mean they should be associated with film criticism. Elias Savada takes his readers on an epic film summary/personal projector horror story in the surprising anti-critique “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.”

One can certainly appreciate all styles of prose, but halfway through The Hobbit Savada writes “Methinks the current installment will make oodles of money, which will send connoisseurs straight to the toilet.” Methinks? No, Savada. You’re better than that.

Understand that the last five paragraphs of The Hobbit have nothing to do with the actual film. No, it’s about projection issues that the critic experienced during the sequel and also during the original ten years ago. If one is interested about Savada’s Silver Spring, Maryland viewing struggles then this review is for you. In fact, the entirety of the piece seems to center around the critic. Perhaps Savala is a great marketing mind, but certainly not on top of his criticism game.

The first three paragraphs of The Hobbit are essentially a plot summary, and Savada manages to reference the “caustic fog that surrounds Mexicio City.” This lack of focus is easily the most, if not the only, memorable aspect of this disappointing and deflating review.    

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