Movies  •  Critics  •  About
Existimatum  >  Movies  >  The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug  >  Reviews  >  We Got This Covered

Jonathan Lack’s “Smaug” Is a Treasure Trove of Critique

In response to Jonathan Lack’s 3173‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on We Got This Covered

By ,

Let it never be said that critic Jonathan Lack ahem… lacks a passion for his profession. “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review” clocks in at 3173 words, which, by most calculations, is a good eight words longer than J. R. R. Tolkien’s original book.

This could be seen as a self-indulgent writer given more than enough rope to hang himself (a fate some readers might welcome who don’t know a Balrog from an Orc), but, for the audience at We Got This Covered, it’s a veritable feast.

Readers of the right disposition will luxuriate in a critique of such overwhelming succulence, it would make Caligula cover his parts in embarrassment. Everything is given a thorough going over, from the “awful and poorly realized character design” of Azog to the “charismatic performance from Evangeline Lilly” and the “aborted climax” (Lack even finds time to review other films here).

The prose here is conversational in tone and it’s the spoonful of sugar than helps this behemoth go down. Lack is a writer of prodigious talent and he’s able to move deftly through pretty weighty material, making this feel like a much slimmer review.

This is, without a doubt, the grandest and most in-depth review out there for this film, and, if you’re a Tolkien-ite (or Jackson-ite), consider it an early Christmas gift.    

Quality of Writing Quality of Argument Spoiler Avoidance Presentation