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Rodrigo Perez Is Not Above Insulting His Audience in “Smaug”

In response to Rodrigo Perez’s 1199‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on The Playlist

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There is so much wrong with Rodrigo Perez’s “Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan & More” that it is not unreasonable to call this an unmitigated disaster.

Where to begin? How about with the beginning, where after the reviewer calls the previous (first) Hobbit film a “bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog,” he goes on to call this second movie in the trilogy “a brisk and engaging 2 hours and 41 minutes.” You’d think he likes the second film better wouldn’t you? But no, he waits until the fourth paragraph to pull the rug out from under the audience by stating that this film is “the lesser and emptier of the two films.” Huh?

Maybe Perez likes playing with the audience because he is certainly all over the place here. His point seems to be that the first film was about something, while this second film is not, but happens to be better made. At least that’s what he might be saying. His work here is certainly a puzzle, and not one the audience will particularly enjoy putting together.

Once you manage to work your way through this convoluted maze one thing becomes clear: he doesn’t think much of his audience. He can’t stop himself from saying that as empty and lacking in substance as this film is, the audience will “approve of this sequel,” That’s right, First you have to struggle through his maze, after which he rewards you with an insult.

How about showing Perez who the smart one is and ignore his Desolation of Smaug altogether.    

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