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Kevin Carr’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Diagnosis: Weak Joints

In response to Kevin Carr’s 559‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on 7M Pictures

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While no one here, ahem, would smell the smoke of that misunderstood plant matter encsconced in what’s called a joint on anyone there, in the cutting room of the picture in question, Kevin Carr’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , in correctly deeming the film ‘disjointed’, may have found those responsible for said film in need of one or two… or three.

Instead, we have the work product of a perhaps visionary director whose nimble ‘joints’ have been hamstrung by a committee of numbers crunchers equipped with slide rules (now, finding repurposing) ready to whack even the half-baked notion in the writers room of staying true to someone else’s incipient vision.  

Can you hear them wondering aloud: ‘Now, what’s that guy’s name, you know, German-sounding… …. . whatever, hey, maybe ya could, ya know, throw in some Nazis?!‘ 

Carr’s Smaug certainly heard them, albeit nameless, faceless, save under the Warner Bros. shield-like logo, which lends a considerable echo to what Carr and I faintly can still hear: ‘It’s all good…. . ‘

While Carr’s Smaug does temporize when it comes to damning with faint praise---he declares the film ‘gorgeous‘… hey, he wants to work in ‘this town’---he ends (pun alert) rather well in warning those whose arses may ache from Peter Jackson’s ‘adaptations’ in favor of making the boys at Warner and New Zealand’s tourist office happy may want to skip the film.

Agreed; better to be… … jointed.    

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