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Willie Waffle’s “Desolation of Smaug” Is the Comic Dud of the Season

In response to Willie Waffle’s 627‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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There are more attempts at humor in the first two paragraphs of Willie Waffle’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug—Review” than in the entire content of many other better written (and more humorous) reviews. Unfortunately, the critic doesn’t stop there; calling this piece a dud might be too kind. It’s certainly one of the worst of this review season.

It’s hard to tell if the reviewer sees himself as a critic or a stand-up comic. Right from the first sentence (after the title)—“That’s a very fancy title with all them big words!“—he’s into to his act. And most of the humor is just that snarky. Other lines, like “I know shorter guys don’t always get the girls, but c‘mon!” (Believe it or not, he’s referring to the name of the dwarves’ home being “Lonely Mountain” with that line) or the constant use of “OH BABY” for humorous emphasis, stand out like proverbial sore thumbs. Never have so many jokes fallen so flat.

Even when he might be trying to give a compliment, (such as when he refers to one of the film’s voice actors as “The Man of a Million Voices”), it’s hard to tell if he’s being complimentary or simply belligerent. Such is the overall tone of the piece.

There’s a way to inject humor into a review effectively, of course. The first rule, though, is that the humor has to funny. That rule is broken here—again and again.    

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