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Travis Hopson’s “Movie Review: …” an Epic Tale That Ends Too Soon

In response to Travis Hopson’s 977‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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While the size of “Movie Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’” approaches novel proportions, time virtually stands still. Travis Hopson composes a beautiful tapestry of literary poetry that encapsulates the adventurous spirit of its subject.

The author starts off by making a convincing, albeit unpopular, argument in favor of the quality of the subject’s predecessor. But most importantly, he does not allow his satisfaction of that to taint his opinion of the current premise. He judges it as a completely separate entity. And in doing so, Hopson creates a marvelous example of what good literature is all about. He comprises his thoughts in an articulate, well-organized manner and conveys them in a way that is not only convincing, but thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.  

The piece takes some time to get rolling, but once it does, it never stops. Excitement and intrigue are in great abundance as Hopson methodically channels the essence of his source material into a wholly satisfying and comprehensive assessment. One may agree or disagree with the validity of said assessment, but one cannot help but admire the manner in which it is delivered. The reader will find themselves so enticed by the enchanting imagery, they may even be transported to a different time and place momentarily.

And although the size of this tome is considerable, it concludes rather abruptly. And given it reads as quickly as Clark Griswold in a saucer sled, that may turn off some readers who are expecting more. But nonetheless, what’s there counts, and deserves recognition for what it is. It also serves as an example of why art as compelling as this should be judged on the content and not the running time.    

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