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Jason Gorber’s “Hell of a Ride” Is Welcome Addition to the Review Season”

In response to Jason Gorber’s 1498‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Twitch

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Jason Gorber’s “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, A Hell of a Ride” gets off to a sputtering start. But don’t give up too quickly. Get past the first few paragraphs and you’ll find plenty to enjoy. Think of is as a roller coaster that saves the best parts for later, making you glad you took the ride.

Gorber seems a little too apologetic in those first few paragraphs; why is unclear, since what he has to say certainly has validity—it’s the style that’s a little rocky, not the substance.

But get past it and there’s plenty to enjoy. He makes some very good points, for example, about adapting a well-loved book like The Hobbit to film, recognizing that the difference in media usually involves compromise, and, in compromising, the final work is often better than if the filmmakers had been less rigid in their approach. It’s nice to see this subject dealt with honestly and with passion.

The critic’s comparison of this enfolding trilogy to the previous Lord of the Rings trilogy is also welcome. He ties the two together quite well, showing how the two ultimately form a vast mosaic.

Get past the stop-and-start beginning and A Hell of a Ride is a heck of a good read, and a welcome addition to this review season.    

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