BLERG THE HOBBIT AHHHH!
I have a lot to say about that, but we’ll do that after I get through what I have to say about today’s page.
I’ll get there as fast as I can.
So…Helm’s Deep battle! Gimli returns to Legolas on the wall, and the death count game is on! Gimli has killed two orcs. Legolas? More like twenty. He’s been shooting arrows at them all night.
Meanwhile, the storm is finally letting up, but the attack isn’t. More orcs are coming, and this time with ladders. They try to scale them up the wall, but most get pushed back down. The dead pile higher and higher. The men of Rohan are getting tired, arrows are running low, and not even Aragorn can continue rallying their confidence.
But some orcs have slipped in. Crawling through the drainage hole in the wall, a group has been hiding in the shadows. Now, they attack the horses and their guards, further up the valley. Gimli leaps to attack there, as does Gamling, bringing men from the Hornburg.
Woo! Things are getting tense. The orcs don’t care about much more than attrition. They clearly know that they have the men outnumbered, so all they have to do is wear the defense down. It’s working. Add in the little things that dismay the men: ramming the gates (new rams have shown up, by the way), sneaking in behind, and just plain persistence. It’s not a bad battle plan, when you don’t care about how many of your own forces you’re going to lose. Evil characters can get away with that.
Ah, the conveniences of nameless henchmen.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Yes, Helmingas. Like Eorlingas, but from Helm. Sons of Helm. Sons of Helm, helming Helm’s Deep. Helm it, you Helmingas!
But…today was never really about Lord of the Rings…
THIS IS THE POINT WHERE YOU STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT ME TO SPOIL THINGS ABOUT THE NEW HOBBIT MOVIE. BUT IF YOU READ THIS BLOG, YOU MAY KNOW THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BOOK. BUT JUST IN CASE.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, And Why I Liked It: A Special Feature:
Oh, that was good. Were you worried? Have you been told off by too many people/critics that it doesn’t do the previous movies justice? They’re wrong.
I’m sorry, but were you expecting perfection just like the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? No, that’s not what I expected, and it’s not what I needed. Bring me back, Peter Jackson, just bring me back to that wonderful world you showed us all. And you know what, he did. Easily.
The tone is there. The epic scale, which I’ve heard people gripe about because the story doesn’t necessarily call for it, is also there. Here’s what I think: The Hobbit as a book isn’t grand? No, not quite, but that’s really just because Tolkien wrote it before his world of Middle-earth was crafted. Does it fit into that narrative? Yes, but it wasn’t initially intended to. So, it has always felt a little smaller. However, there’s nothing stopping it from being connected right to that beautiful, grandiose world. It’s right there! So, I don’t have any problem with adding all that backstory. It doesn’t slow down the film too much, and, I like it, so I don’t mind it being there. I read one critic who said that the film was a bit too much like an encyclopedia of Tolkien’s world. And let it be! That sounds great! Let’s watch it.
Filler image to break up the text!
That aside, the other complaint I was worried about was this whole frame rate thing. Hands down, this movie is gorgeous. I wasn’t jarred by the higher quality. The 3D was used pretty well, in my limited opinion. Everything just looks so darn good. Success!
As for the little added things, they mostly worked. Azog is everything that Darth Maul should have been. I saw a video about how Episode I could have been better, and it mentioned having Darth Maul live so that Obi Wan has a known antagonist that we get to follow and amp up tension about. Oh, we’re doing a prequel trilogy to a successful trilogy made some time ago? Let’s have that! Peter Jackson did what George Lucas failed to do. At least in that respect.
Other things…Lindir! We made fun of him earlier! He gets to show up. There’s that wonderful story about Bullroarer Took inventing golf, and Lobelia Sackville-Baggins stealing Bilbo’s spoons. Totally happened. Radagast has a rabbit sleigh, which is neat. His favorite hedgehog, Sebastian, may be my favorite character in the film. And why not have Radagast be the first one to notice something strange about Dol Guldur? He lives nearby anyway!
There’s one thing I was sad about: Thorin’s father Thráin isn’t found by Gandalf in the dungeons of Dol Guldur. Instead, the map of the secret door in the Lonely Mountain is obtained some other way. But why not put Thráin in Dol Guldur, thus further connecting this storyline to the “Necromancer” (Sauron) at Dol Guldur? Heck, Sauron takes Thráin’s ring there, one of the Seven.
All in all, I loved it. Was that unclear?
“Their onset was fierce and sudden, and the Orcs gave way before…”
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