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Robert Roten’s “Trilogy Builds Momentum” Is Film Analysis at Its Worst

In response to Robert Roten’s 522‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Laramie Movie Scope

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Robert Roten’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: The overlong trilogy builds momentum” is just plain boring. Awards should be given out to audience members who can get through it without nodding off. This is film analysis at its worst.

The piece consists of seven paragraphs. Out of those seven, only two consist of film critique of any kind. That’s right! Only two! The rest is spent detailing what happens in the movie—a drawn out synopsis that thinks nothing of giving out a few spoilers (relatively mild, but totally unnecessary spoilers nonetheless). This isn’t a film review. It’s written like a high school book report.

If you’re wanting to know what this critic’s actual opinion is, here’s what you get: he thinks the trilogy is bloated, that this film is better than the second film, and turning books into multiple movies is done simply for the purpose of making money, which he implies is bad. That’s all he has to say! And he says it in the first two paragraphs. You might as well skip the rest, if you’re going to read this piece at all. Unless you want to know the rating he gives the film, then you can just skip to the very end. Of course, considering the lack of actual analysis, the rating is virtually meaningless.

This review is for those who don’t plan to see the film and want only a synopsis. Serious—or even casual—readers of film critique will find nothing here to interest them. There are a lot of other, better works available to read.    

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