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Clint O’Connor Lets Hobbit Love Destroy Idea of Critique in “Thrill Ride”

In response to Clint O'Connor’s 438‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Clint O’Connor has been overcome by the power of Smaug and Peter Jackson in the fake review that is “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Ian McKellan and Orlando Bloom in Peter Jackson’s action-packed thrill ride (review).” It’s not difficult to imagine the critic giggling while leaving the movie theatre and thinking “Wow, I can’t wait to summarize the film for my readers!”

O’Connor throws a twist on the audience by offering a mighty poll at the beginning of the Thrill Ride. It’s quite a move, especially after the glorious image header of Legolas; Hobbiteers may simply drool. The critic has clearly studied The Great Book of Hobbit Visuals, but his deep study has resulted in a loss of film criticism theory.

Thrill Ride is nothing more than a movie description, which concludes with a line of “critique” on the running time. Will the the Hobbit summary-review become a trend? O’Connor seems to believe that films such as this aren’t worthy of a proper critique, which is quite troubling given the A—rating. Toss the reader a little Bilbo bone, drop some Smaug on them…critique the movie.

Director Peter Jackson is addressed in the first two paragraphs of Thrill Ride, and O’Connor describes the action in the second half after the annoying middle synopsis sequence.

Thrill Ride will be enjoyable for someone reading words for the first time ever.    

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