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Brian Orndorf’s “The Desolation of Smaug” Belabors the Point

In response to Brian Orndorf’s 967‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Brian Orndorf’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” comes off as a rather stuffy affair, belaboring his points over and over until it get monotonous.

Actually, belaboring his “point” might be more accurate, since he seems to have one main issue with the film, which he expounds on repeatedly: that the film is too padded and stretched out to warrant the film’s length (or the penultimate length of the trilogy itself, for that matter). It is interesting that he blames the film for doing the very same thing in his review here.

After using the entire first paragraph to talk about his favorite subject, he goes on to mention it again and again. All right, the audience gets it. Does he have anything else to say?

He does, actually, and some of his comments are quite cogent. At other times they are a little murky, making it not too clear to the audience as to which side of the fence he falls. The way he sums up at the end doesn’t really help either.

The review is also too long. Besides the aforementioned belaboring, the piece has some plot synopsis issues. After doing a rather nice job of capsulizing the plot into one neat paragraph early in the review, the critic feels the need to expound further later on. Not only does it fail to add anything, it make the piece unnecessarily repetitive.

Had this piece been a third shorter, it would have been a more compelling read. As it stands, the need to stop and throw your arms up in the air just becomes too much.    

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