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Andy Lea’s “The Desolation of Smaug” Is a Major Success

In response to Andy Lea’s 678‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Daily Star

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It’s hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm of Andy Lea’s “Review and Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3D) (PG),” so why resist. Jump in and enjoy the ride.

The critic’s work here is nicely streamlined, with nary a wasted word. In the same way that the film “gets down to business,” he does too, with dynamic style and exciting prose that is highly infectious. You won’t want to just skim this work, but savor each word and pearl of wisdom he offers.

For example, the way he compares this film to the director’s first Hobbit film, as well as comparisons to the director’s previous “Rings” trilogy, only enhances the critique. So does his observations about the darker, edgier aspects of this film. Even when he reveals aspects of plot, it never really feels like a spoiler, but rather a tease. Lea is excited, and he wants the audience to share in his excitement.

It is a shame that several typos jar the audience, pulling them out of the world this reviewer has so effectively created. But his prose is sharp enough to pull the audience right back in. In this case, the typos are a relatively minor quibble.

Aside from that, Lea’s work in Smaug (3D) (PG) is a major success that you won’t want to miss out on.    

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