A Kiwi Friend writes

We have been thinking of you – Wednesday in Wellington is the premier of the Hobbit – they are actually going to give two hours live tv time to it.

In typical kiwi fashion, it is all very low key – except that Air New Zealand has actually covered one of their jets in Hobbit pix –

Matamata is gearing up for the onslaught. They expect thousands of people through that little town – again – this coming year. The family who let Peter Jackson film on their dairy farm for the first films – have allowed them to use the farm again – there is even a pub there, now. This family will never have to worry about milking cows again.

It’s sorta exciting – I will watch the stuff on tv on Wednesday for awhile.

Thinking of you

My friend Susan and her very long-suffering husband John endured my insistence on visiting the set of Hobbiton back in 2003. I acquired a) a photograph of me with my butt planted firmly on the flagstones of Bag End and b) a bit of dirt therefrom and some needles from the Party Tree which induced my children to worship my Total Awesomeness(TM) for a full week. The only cost, the repeated sighs of impatience from John, who hated the films and kept repeating “There is death in the camera” as he suffered through my tedious American fanboyism. I also enjoyed telling him bad jokes and deliberate mispronouncing words. It’s my nitch in life. Susan is a very patient hostess.

Yes. I am looking forward to “The Hobbit”.

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  • B.E. Ward

    And just in case you haven’t seen this yet, also from ANZ:


    • James H, London

      One does not simply walk into New Zealand…

  • I dunno. I have trepidation about the movie. My feelings about the LOTR series was a sense of frustration along the lines of “It was good, but…” One of the problems I felt the movies had was that the director got lost in the technology. He filled the movies with shots that were visually impressive, but served no purpose beyond “Hey, look what we can do!” The other problem was that, for me, he turned a series of books which were a rejection of modernism and its literary trends, and turned it into a movie with postmodern characters. They got a lot right, but they also got a lot wrong. Very, very wrong. I imagine by now they are comfortable with the technology, and won’t feel the need to show off so much… but, as I said at the beginning, I dunno.

    • Jackson’s trilogy were very good fantasy action movies that bore some slight resemblance to The Lord of the Rings.

      I had higher hopes for his adaptation of The Hobbit, since The Hobbit is basically an action-adventure for children, much more suited to Jackson’s storytelling style. But then he decided to make a trilogy of this much smaller book, and fill it with all sorts of faux gravitas which I expect will be excuses for more pseudo-psychological posturing. Psigh. I expect that this trilogy will be a set of very good fantasy action movies that bear some slight resemblance to The Hobbit.

      Meanwhile, Tolkien still deserves better.

    • I think that’s a fairly big club. I know it’s what my boys and I are thinking going into it.

  • I disagree that Jackson’s storytelling style is more suited to children’s stories. Quite the opposite. The first movie of his that I saw was Meet the Feebles, a spoof of the Muppet show, where the muppets snort coke, run prostitution and porn rings out of the back of the theatre, and ends in a machine gun battle. He also did King Kong, in which we were supposed to sympathize with the ape. He also did another movie about two young girls who murdered one of their mothers. He seems to like to take stories that are good, and innocent, and twist them into something else. His storytelling style is especially unsuitable for children.