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Brian Henry Martin’s Review of “The Hobbit” Skims the Surface

In response to Brian Henry Martin’s 470‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on UTV

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For a critic who’s important enough for three names, Brian Henry Martin has written “Enter the Dragon Mountain” as a glorified plot review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” with precious little analysis.

His final sentence could serve as the beginning of the better review he didn’t write. The review isn’t helped by Brian Henry Martin’s super-serious mug staring out at the reader as he clutches a hemispherical headphone to his ear—for some reason.

Also, Brian Henry Martin claims the movie he’s reviewing is 20 minutes shorter than “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” when its only eight minutes shorter. A nit-pick, sure, but why mention exact minute figures if you’re going to list them incorrectly? Perhaps a reviewer of Brian Henry Martin’s stature doesn’t deign to consider mundane matters such as accuracy.

Moreover, his referencing Bruce Lee’s film “Enter the Dragon” in the headline is a bit of pointless punning as Lee’s movie has only the most tenuous connection (thematic or otherwise) with the latest “Hobbit” movie.

Brian Henry Martin’s short bio reads: “No matter what the film, there’s a good chance Brian has seen it”, which begs the question “but has he actually reviewed it instead of just highlighting its salient plot points?”   

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