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Liam Lacey’s “Smaug” Is More Fire Than Smoke

In response to Liam Lacey’s 743‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Globe and Mail

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Liam Lacey’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug brings unrelenting action and visual awesomeness” is a fun romp filled with delightful witticisms and enough biting critique to warrant its existence.

As this is a Canadian publication, “biting” takes on a different connotation—more like gently acerbic (oh what fun it is to stereotype!).  

The prose is straightforward and unassuming; there’s not a whiff of pretension within a ten mile (er. . km) radius and that sincere, earnest tone makes unrelenting action and visual awesomeness an absolute pleasure to read. Lacey’s possessed of that intangible quality that imbues his writing with effortless flow and smirking charm.  

The critiques, for the most part, are not astoundingly original—though Lacey does throw in a great bit of criticism that harkens back to Hepburn and Tracy and that feels fresh—but the mood here is so convivial, you’ll want to stick around to read them anyway. And, to his credit, the critic does manage to cover all the requisite bases of film criticism in his analysis, never shying away from offering opinion or relying on plot rehash to pad his piece unnecessarily.  

If this is the only review you read on the latest in the Hobbit saga, you’ll be in good hands.    

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