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Dustin Putman’s “Desolation of Smaug” Earns Its Brutal Tone

In response to Dustin Putman’s 1217‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Dustin Putman’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” deserves an award for pointing something out in the very first paragraph that is missing from the vast majority of reviews about this trilogy. No spoiler alert here, though; better to read about it and let the realization wash over you.  You’ll definitely want to read on, and well you should. This critic’s work here is a true standout.

Admittedly, you may feel like you’ve been bludgeoned by the time you reach the end of this piece. But if you’re going to feel like  you just participated in a boxing match, better to be hammered by prose as bluntly elegant as this is. Yes, the critiquing is harsh. But the observations are valid and the aforementioned prose is the work of an expert surgeon wielding a finely-sharpened scalpel.

Putman is no bully here, though. His critique, while ruthless, also makes you think. The writing is crisp and his word choices are incisive. A lot of film critiquing can feel nasty, but this falls short of that, and if, at times it feels brutal, well, the critic has earned the right with his insightful comments. Admittedly, it is beneficial to have seen the previous “Ring” trilogy prior to reading this, but if you haven’t, it’s still well worth the read.

It’s unfortunate that presentation on the site still uses a style that leaves the reader with burning eyes. But it’s worth dealing with it for what this critic’s work here has to offer. Blink a couple of times first, though, before you plunge onward.    

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