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Brian Tallerico’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Is Gushy but Good

In response to Brian Tallerico’s 861‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Brian Tallerico’s “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Solidifies the Franchise” is a joyous romp that gets caught up in the action.

Tallerico clearly liked the movie. His enthusiasm is evident from the first sentence in which he writes that this film is “an improvement over ‘An Unexpected Journey’ in every single department.” Readers will be carried along on his white-water ebullience but will wish there’d been a few more sections of the calmer, deeper waters of analysis.

Tallerico does a good job of explaining what works for him in the film; unfortunately he only touches on what doesn’t work when, in the case of his review, this is the more interesting material. He states his criticism, e. g. , the film is too enamored of the CGI representation of Smaug in the final third, but doesn’t elucidate the effect this has on the overall product, nor does he suggest what he believes the film should have focused on.

These are more than quibbles because Tallerico is an intelligent and insightful enough critic to pursue such questions in a worthwhile manner. Still, readers will forgive him perhaps because they’re witnessing the conversion of a disinterested observer to someone who writes: “I had little interest in where this series was going. Now, I kind of can’t wait to see the end.” And that is almost as fun to watch as to experience.    

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