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Matt Pais’s “Far Trek” Is Flufftastic, Gang!

In response to Matt Pais’s 410‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on RedEye,0,5421290.column

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It’s becoming more apparent that Mr. Pais will be brushing off the naysayers with force due to the completely ridiculous and entertaining “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review: Far trek into darkness.” There is hardly a lick of critique in the piece, but Pais brings the classic snark as if to say “I did it my way.” Somewhere Frank Sinatra is smiling.

Far Trek will challenge the modern scholar of movie reviews. Pais leans heavily on the side of entertainment rather than offering actual film criticism. One can certainly appreciate the bravery of the critic given how many dedicated critics are out there, but it’s also important to understand the value of a modern song and dance man of reviews.

Matt Pais loves him some comedy and he brings it, or attempts to, in Far Trek. In fact, the first couple paragraphs may cause one to chuckle due to the heavy Pais-isms despite the fact that he only manages to note that the film is more watchable that its predecessor. The key point of criticism in the third paragraph is that “the story really moves” and in the big finale one will learn that “big doesn’t mean bloated.” The rest is fluff that is more cutesy talk rather than gut-busting comedy.

Far Trek by Matt Pais is readable if one isn’t expecting too much analysis. The bonus video review is a nice bonus, but the content is lackluster.    

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