Late Night Hobbit Screening


After the parade, we decided to watch the late night screening of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. I haven’t been able to finish the LOTR movie trilogy, much more the books but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to watch Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) onscreen. Anyways, it’s LOTR’s prequel so why not. 

From Collider.com
In sum, I felt the whole movie was way too long. LOTR has three books adapted into three separate three-hour long movies. On the flip side, The Hobbit is a relatively thinner paperback compared to any of the LOTR installments but it also gets three screen adaptations. I wouldn’t really know the reason behind such move except that it’s a clear profiteering mechanism on the producers’ part. Such made quite an impact on the movie’s run. The plot was either stretched too thin or was too faithful to the details in the book, it almost bored itself.

From the Guardian UK
On a positive note, the movie gave us terrific battle scenes—from Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his dwarf armies’ bloody win against the Orcs to their edge-of-the seat journey in the Rocky Mountains. The mountains turned out to be rock giants. The dwarves’ encounter with creepy creatures from under the earth was great too. Of course, Bilbo and Gollum’s riddle scene was something everyone would watch in delight. Andy Serkis, the master of motion capture, wows us again with his exceptional performance as the bipolar unknown creature.

Resident wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian MacKellen) never runs out of wisdom and quotable quotes. When asked why he chose Bilbo for this adventure, Gandalf tells us this: “"I found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I'm afraid, and he gives me courage."” Bilbo is just the same with any of us. Most of the time we’re afraid of the bigger world outside; it might eat us alive or consume us. But just like Bilbo, all we need is a little nudge or a nice word of wisdom from a cool wizard to get on our feet and go on an unexpected adventure. We leave armed with a few things and a bag full of courage and confidence. And when we get back, Gandalf is still right. We’re never the same again.  

It might be better to stay within our comfort zones, drink tea and cozy ourselves in our own niches. But the world is too beautiful to enjoy looking just within our own window panes. Go out like the Bagginses. J

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Late Night Hobbit Screening


After the parade, we decided to watch the late night screening of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. I haven’t been able to finish the LOTR movie trilogy, much more the books but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to watch Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) onscreen. Anyways, it’s LOTR’s prequel so why not. 

From Collider.com
In sum, I felt the whole movie was way too long. LOTR has three books adapted into three separate three-hour long movies. On the flip side, The Hobbit is a relatively thinner paperback compared to any of the LOTR installments but it also gets three screen adaptations. I wouldn’t really know the reason behind such move except that it’s a clear profiteering mechanism on the producers’ part. Such made quite an impact on the movie’s run. The plot was either stretched too thin or was too faithful to the details in the book, it almost bored itself.

From the Guardian UK
On a positive note, the movie gave us terrific battle scenes—from Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his dwarf armies’ bloody win against the Orcs to their edge-of-the seat journey in the Rocky Mountains. The mountains turned out to be rock giants. The dwarves’ encounter with creepy creatures from under the earth was great too. Of course, Bilbo and Gollum’s riddle scene was something everyone would watch in delight. Andy Serkis, the master of motion capture, wows us again with his exceptional performance as the bipolar unknown creature.

Resident wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian MacKellen) never runs out of wisdom and quotable quotes. When asked why he chose Bilbo for this adventure, Gandalf tells us this: “"I found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I'm afraid, and he gives me courage."” Bilbo is just the same with any of us. Most of the time we’re afraid of the bigger world outside; it might eat us alive or consume us. But just like Bilbo, all we need is a little nudge or a nice word of wisdom from a cool wizard to get on our feet and go on an unexpected adventure. We leave armed with a few things and a bag full of courage and confidence. And when we get back, Gandalf is still right. We’re never the same again.  

It might be better to stay within our comfort zones, drink tea and cozy ourselves in our own niches. But the world is too beautiful to enjoy looking just within our own window panes. Go out like the Bagginses. J

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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