The Hobbit and a few other things :)
It has been too long since I’ve done one of these and I have to get back to doing them on the regular.
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Now seeing as I’m writing my blog I’m going to talk about myself, not that, that ever changes But this week I successfully survived my 45th birthday on this earth. I was wholly expecting to survive and plan on surviving another 45 years but the real point to all of this is that I took a week off from work and instead of looking inward retrospectively which is what I’ve done in years past (and I did do a little of this time) I instead decided to watch a bunch of movies, TV shows and documentaries and read not as many books as I would have liked.
One of the films I want to talk about is the Hobbit extended edition.
The reason I wish to discuss it is because of its uneven nature and despite that how much I still enjoy it. For starters I enjoy the beginning of the film and the set up which establishes the world and a firm connection with the LOTR films. The introduction of the dwarves and their world is something I can watch over and over again just on the strength of the visuals. We then wind up with the dwarves at Bilbo’s home making a mess and singing merry songs, again it’s a scene I enjoy all the way through and my patients for the film doesn’t get tested until the next set of occurrences when the trolls are confronted and the Dwarves are captured along with Bilbo. Now I know this was written before LOTR and it was meant as a children’s book, but why are these Dwarves so ineffective in battle? There are 13 of them working in preternatural unison with one another and they can’t get the task done. Now maybe my expectations are too high since in the LOTR films we see a human (albeit a long lived one) an elf and one dwarf run down a whole squad of bad guys take them on and only come out with a few bruises (it’s fantasy all the way through I know, lol) but I’m just using this to make a point here we have 13 Dwarves unable to take down 3 trolls, while Legolas looks like he can take down a dozen of them by himself, and didn’t Aragorn take on a pack of wraiths with 3 hobbits and come out on top. Then to add insult to injury we have Bilbo talking his way out of the situation to buy Gandalf enough time to put the kibosh on the trolls and this doesn’t just happen once but 3 times throughout the course of the film, thank goodness for wizards and hobbits. I’m poking fun but in truth I enjoyed the scenes with Radagast, the elves, Bilobos encounter with Gollum, and when anyone broke out into song, only because they’re either fun or completely bonkers.
I watched the extended cut which I prefer and always hold out when buying the Blu-rays. The extra scenes add some fun to the film and the Appendices which chronicle the making of the films. Now if you’re not interested in how a film is made or how art on this scale can be achieved then this won’t interest you, but if you want to get a glimpse into film making then these are great and I have to say after watching these over several days it makes me want to see the film again just to see the minor things I didn’t catch the first and second time I watched the films but got to see in the extras. Now I just have to wait for The Desolation of Smaug to come out.
The other film I watched was Wu Dang
Now this one I caught on Netflix indemand so if you got it you can see it there instead of buying a CD or Blu-ray. I’ve been watching Asian and foreign films for years and this by far isn’t the best I’ve ever seen but it was fun. The real reason it stands out for me is for the reason of how heavily it seemed to borrow from Raiders of The Lost Ark, yes, Indiana Jones. It does sound strange for an Asian film but it did and did it well. In the opener we meet a well dressed collage professor going to check on an artifact. He discovers that it’s a fake and the offended party attacks the professor who steals a map, with much Kung Fu fun, this is where the real goods are and so our story begins. The professor goes to an ancient set of mountains in China so he can steal 7 artifacts under the cover of his daughter fighting in a competition that occurs once every 500 years. When I was watching the film I wondered what was the motive of the professor and why was he stealing the artifacts he doesn’t come off as the type and he didn’t have the brazen self righteous motive; of this stuff belongs in a museum, even though I’m stealing them from the natives of the land. His motives don’t come through until much later in the film which made me sit back and wonder of the character of a man like Indiana Jones, who is a good man but is selfish in his academic pursuits and the professor in this film is just as selfish, but which one is more so, does it even matter? I don’t want to ruin what happens in the film and some of you will probably feel that I’m a sentimentalist, I am and I don’t have a problem admitting that. I think the real reason I found the film fun is how the writer of the film took the basic plot of ROTLA put a slight spin on it and made it his own thing and as a writer I always find this sort of thing fascinating.
That’s it for now and I’ll get back t doing books soon enough, I have piles of them to go over.
Now here’s something special for those of you who want to see a glimpse of what’s coming up here’s an image Daphne did of Oswald and his family while he was the Emperor of the Mar.
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