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David Medsker’s “Movie Review: …” Abandons Ship Before Leaving the Harbor

In response to David Medsker’s 767‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on

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Unnecessary backstory and condemning prejudice based upon the reputation of the subject is not the proper way to approach a piece like “Movie Review: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“” Sadly, that is exactly what author David Medsker does, and in the process, denies himself and his audience a potentially extraordinary adventure.

Whether the adventure itself is in fact extraordinary is beside the point. Holding it accountable to the merits of its predecessors, much less those of its successor, is not only unfair, it prohibits the author and his audience from enjoying the topic for what it is. At every turn, Medsker expresses how his lofty expectations are let down again and again. It’s so thick in parts, one wonders if he should take a quick walk, or perhaps a nap, before continuing on his tirade. Obviously, this does not serve the reader at all, nor should it be the objective of a piece like this.  

What makes it even more surprising is that the author should know better. His skills as a writer are  exemplary, and his ability to wind all his thoughts together in a compelling story nearly flawless. So how, then, could one so esteemed make such a rookie mistake?

There’s no clear answer to that question, just as there’s no rationale or call for Medsker’s abrasive approach. If he wishes to gain back the audience he will undoubtedly lose once they read this, he should  seek counseling to determine where his pessimistic attitude truly originates from.    

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