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Matt Brunson’s Smaug Cliff Notes Now Available Online in “Middle Chapter”

In response to Matt Brunson’s 637‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Creative Loafing

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Are you part of a weekly film discussion group and behind on your Smaug? Are lengthy reviews too much to think about? Let Matt Brunson help you out with his Smaug Cliff Notes in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Middle-earth’s middle chapter.” It’s free and has been crafted with simplicity for the time-challenged reader.

Middle Chapter isn’t a bad review, however Brunson doesn’t appear too interested in seriously breaking down the film. In fact, there is really only one paragraph of true film criticism (barely) and the rest is Hobbit scuttlebutt.

The hearty opening paragraph of Middle Chapter looks exciting upon first glance, but Brunson only covers the 48 HFR of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and notes the common issues of the middle chapter in the second paragraph. It’s a decent opening that will please one who knows little about Hobbits or how a trilogy works.

After dropping some plot on the reader, Brunson notes how the sequel “flows more gracefully than its predecessor” and proceeds to acknowledge a few characters with classic one-two combos of critique before ending the piece. There’s simply not a lot to contemplate in Middle Chapter, and the critic skims over each point without getting too comfortable in the pose of Rodin’s The Thinker.

Middle Chapter is a quick fix for the non-nerd trying to impress Hobbit nerds.    

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