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Tim Evans’s “Smaug” Is a Well-Written Summary of the Film

In response to Tim Evans’s 614‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Sky Movies

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Much like the source material, Tim Evans’s “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” could have been cut down considerably without losing a single beat.

Evans does open with a nice bit of critique, giving readers the requisite short verdict at the outset, which works beautifully. But then he turns a promising start into a seemingly endless recap of the plot. And this is not just your average overview of the story; it’s scene by scene, “this happens, then this happens and, oh yeah, then this happens” drudgery that shows no signs of stopping.

When it finally does, readers may find themselves too punch drunk to even notice the critique, which is capable enough, if a bit slight in its depth. Evans also chooses odd things to critique even while glossing over the things that should be mandatory: Stephen Fry’s bit part is given a paragraph all to itself, but the pacing is almost entirely neglected.

The prose is expert and Evans is clearly a wonderful writer (though he loves adverbs a little too much—crucially, chillingly, and, a favorite, divertingly—all crop up at one time or another).

This one gets too lost in the dark woods of summarization. Turn around and walk the other way.    

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