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It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than Adam Lee Davies’ “Smaug”

In response to Adam Lee Davies’s 726‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Little White Lies

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If this doesn’t do it for you, you’re either in a coffin or a coma.

Adam Lee Davies delivers a review of P-Jack’s latest that will give the all-time greats a run for their money and make lesser critics strap on their Depends. “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” is just about as good as film critique gets.

Davies’ prose is sumptuous; it’s the best written review anyone has offered for this film. Tucked neatly into every sentence are sparkling literary gems that will make your soul do a spit take.

While the syntax and imagery he employs are second to none, it’s the word choice that makes this one sing. It’s not just a matter of having a wide or varied vocabulary—almost anyone can do that—it’s his uncanny ability to pick the one word in the English language that will cut right to the marrow with its extraordinary specificity.

As good as the writing is, it’s matched, and even surpassed at times, by critique that’s so perfectly argued, it’ll make you cry. Davies’ premises are explicated with a singularity of purpose that drives the whole piece and makes every word as satisfying as the last.  

Smaug is an unparalleled artistic creation in the field and should be required reading.     

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