Fast forward to now: Donnie's parents gave us a gift card to the movies and we decided to use it to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a trilogy prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy (say that three times fast). I have now seen the Lord of the Rings movies and liked them very much. It has been a while since Donnie and I have gone on a date, so we seized the opportunity and took Lucas to Donnie's mom's house. I took a photo of Donnie and myself before the movie started. The lighting was terrible and I look like I should have been going to see Twilight, which, don't get me wrong, I also saw in the theater.
I did a Google search to see how faithful the film adaptation is to the book and, interestingly, the first several hits were about a new Hobbit-themed Denny's menu. I told my co-worker about this and he said he saw some commercials on T.V. and the running joke was that the movie was about the Denny's menu. I somehow completely missed this and it sounds silly to me, but there was a funny scene in the movie when the dwarves eat a meal with the elves and are offered a large amount of lettuces, which dwarves are, evidently, not accustomed to eating. One dwarf comically says, "I do not eat green foods," while ungratefully turning up his nose. There is also another scene where Gollum threateningly wonders what Hobbitses taste like and there are notably no items named for Gollum on this menu. Too bad.
In the movie we learn that there are five wizards like Gandalf the Grey, including Saruman the White whom we met in LOTR, and here we meet another: Radagast the Brown. He is pretty much awesome. He lives a solitary life because he prefers the company of animals to people. He has a lichen growing on the side of his face, a bird nesting under his hat, communicates with animals in the woods like Snow White, and commands a sled pulled by rabbits that can run faster than the hellhound-type creatures the Orcs ride. There is some controversy amongst Tolkien purists about the portrayal of Radagast in the film, but I found him to be charming and loveable.
|Radagast the Brown|
My favorite part of the movie was my discovery of the dwarf warrior cutie Kili, played by Irish actor Aidan Turner. Throughout the entire movie I thought he was the dwarf king's son due to their physical resemblence, but he is actually the nephew. Here is a tumblr tag thread with photos and GIFs if that's your thing. He is the youngest of the dwarf crew and he apparently dies in an epic battle in the book that will reportedly serve as the climax of the Hobbit trilogy. Le sigh.
|Aidan Turner as Kili. (Image courtesy of IMDB)|
I just realized that I am portraying myself to be a fantasy nut (note I am also currently reading Ender's Game) and while I definitely have embraced the geekery more that I used to, I never realize until now to what extent. Maybe I am making a new discovery about myself. Anyway, have you seen or read any of these titles? What did you think?