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December 28, 2012

on December 28, 2012

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Stu and I went to the movies today.  We both had vacation days, the kids were in day care, so went to a matinee showing of The Hobbit.  It was a challenge to find a showing that started early enough for us to be able to pick the girls up on time.  It’s a very long film.  Surprisingly, no theaters had any morning showings.  The nearby 3D Imax didn’t have a showing that worked, but we had one 2D showing that did.    We had hoped to go see The Hobbit while we were at my parents for Christmas, but that didn’t work out.  Again, very long movie with no morning showings!

It was pretty good!  Long, with bits that weren’t in the book, but it was good.  An Unexpected Journey.  With dwarves singing.  Some of the “filler” bits were from other stories written by Tolkien, some weren’t.  Some made sense, some were foreshadowing for the Lord of the Rings, some were just nice.  Radagast with bird poo down the side of his face?  Well, that I don’t remember, but I do remember about him and birds.

There were some nice nods to the Lord of the Rings Trillogy in the Hobbit.  I’m looking forward to the next two installments, though I do need to study up on the dwarves.  I could only pull out three or four, though I can’t remember the name of the one in the hat. In the meantime, I may need to pull out my leather bound version, or maybe the unabridged audio…

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6 responses to “December 28, 2012

  1. Stu says:

    The one in the hat was Bofur. His part isn’t as big in the book as it was in the movie.

    He was an easy pick for me as he was being played by James Nesbitt – a TV actor who has been in absolutely everything in the UK. He’s from Northern Ireland and has the “shouty” Irish accent which is really distinctive, (compared to the softer “brogue” that comes out of the Republic).

  2. lisasff says:

    Yeah. I kept losing his name… and I just realized where Fili, no wait, it’s Kili, is from. That was bugging me all day yesterday :D

    Bombur and his braids stuck out…

    Oin, Gloin, Nori, Dori and Ori totally blend together…

  3. Kat says:

    Haven’t seen that, but hubby says it might be a good one to try. We did, however, go see Lincoln on New Year’s Day. It was very interesting bit of history via the cinema interpertation. It was about 2 1/2 hrs too.

    • lisasff says:

      If you enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies, then you will definitely like this. I know you’re usually not a fantasy reader, but if you have read the Hobbit, you wouldn’t be disappointed. It is a very beautiful world that Mr. Jackson is able to put together from the lovely words of Mr. Tolkien. We’ll eventually get to the Lincoln movie, as well as the Hyde Park one. I grew up close to there, so have been there several times.

      • Kat says:

        I didn’t see Lord of the RIngs either:-( However, both hubby and his daughter said I didn’t need much backstory to enjoy this movie probably. Will have to think about it.

        • lisasff says:

          Well, it is a “prequel” of sorts. The story of the Hobbit comes chronologically before the story of the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit is more a children’s book while the LotR is meant for older audiences. Mr. Jackson put a bit more violence in the Hobbit than there really was, raising the minimum age… Still. Good stuff.

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