December 23rd, 2014

get critical

Poem for Tuesday, The Hobbit TBOTFA, Rawlings Conservatory

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I have seen The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I know I've been calling it The Battle of the Five Hours, but that was unfair. I should have called it The Battle of the Fifteen Hours. Honestly, Insurrection felt considerably shorter. In the interests of not saying too many negative things, I will add that 1) I love Tauriel (and want to make clear that I don't care when a filmmaker diverges from source material, but completely overrunning the source material with orcs is something else), 2) Richard Armitage is a wonderful actor who deserves better than me snickering at the bad dialogue during his biggest scene, and 3) my entire family burst out laughing aloud at the best dramatic Stupid Elf Trick.

In short, I feel that I owe George Lucas an apology, because I joined in all the bashing of Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, and 3, but given a choice between watching those or watching The Lord of the Rings Episodes 1, 2, and 3, I would choose Star Wars every time. Everything I loved in the original (meaning LOTR) was repackaged in a watered-down manner in The Hobbit, while the things I loved about the actual The Hobbit were only barely visible between preparations for battles, battles, and aftermaths of battles. Call me when someone has edited the whole mess down to one two-hour movie about the characters and their quests. Meanwhile, have some photos from the Rawlings Conservatory yesterday:

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