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Jeff Meyers’s “Film Review: …” Forsakes Subject Like a Cursed Ring Bearer

In response to Jeff Meyers’s 792‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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By basing expectations on previous incarnations, Jeff Meyers repeats the mistakes of so many of his peers in “Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.  

The bulk of this diatribe is spent setting up a premise—excessively so. It is one thing to sketch out a backstory so as to provide a compass for the reader to follow (albeit a skewed one). But one need not devote half their rhetoric towards it. That is what happens in “Film Review: …”, and it turns what could be an honest, methodical, unbias assessment of a subject into a bloated and unfair rehash of the past, and its implications on the present and future.  

Moreover, the author assumes the audience shares his predetermined prejudice. While it might be a safe assumption that many of his readers will share his apprehension, it is by no means a given. So why assume so? This approach merely denies the subject the opportunity to prove itself as a stand-alone entity—and that is truly a shame. For just because something is seeded in a dark place doesn’t mean it can’t flourish. Indeed, a subject this polarizing is rife with the opportunity for growth, if only the author would allow some light through the blinds.  

Alas, and regardless of a few complimentary embellishments thrown in near the end, the subject is left to languish in the darkness with no nourishment or attention. And ultimately, it pulls this piece into the abyss with it.    

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