ENG 225 WK5 D2 - A movie that I have recently seen in the...

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A movie that I have recently seen in the theater is; “The Hobbit- Desolation of Smaug”. I chose to read a review of this movie by Nick De Semlyen of the “Empire”. In this review the critic chooses to approach the film with both a formalist approach and an auteur approach. The formalist approach, according to the text, is; “Analysis treating a film as an isolated unit, concerned with film form and how its basic elements (narrative structure, mise en scène, cinematography, editing) are organized to convey certain meanings (Goodykoontz, 2011). Examples of this would be; “But the real standouts are Lake-town and Erebor, contrasting but equally stunning showcases of production design. The former, a fog-shrouded, Dickensian burg that we’re informed “stinks of fish oil and tar”, is a new, pleasingly earthy flavour for Middle- earth (Semlyen, 2013)”. Here we see the critic pay close attention to the mise en scene. Narrative structure is also mentioned in the beginning of the review; “About an hour into the raucously
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  • Fall '10
  • RichardBair
  • The Hobbit, Nick De Semlyen

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