So yesterday John Farrell and I did a Skype chat on “The Hobbit” which you can now view over at his site at Forbes.com.
My oldest saw it last night with some friends. His basic take was: it’s typical Jackson. Some really good parts, some overdone not so good parts, and probably 45 minutes too long.
Yup. King Kong 2, it was.
Well, I enjoyed it! My interest in the Hobbit/LOTR has really spiked because of its Catholicity. I happened to read this blog yesterday and it seems fitting too. You’d probably enjoy it! http://twocatholicgirls.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/tolkiens-marian-women/
I liked the book much better. The surround sound Dolby jazz is just too awful. Any slight motion on the screen accompanied by a giant “WHUUUUUMPF!” like a Redwood just hit the ground. Also a few thousand too many opponents in battle scenes. Just because you can duplicate animated images infinitely with a computer and make characters seem to fall 10 miles doesn’t mean you should. After falling 10 miles it helps if they migh limp a little when they stand up. Other than that, peachy!
The most fun was trying to listen to your podcast on my smart phone and accidentally hitting the “on” link three times. So I got to enjoy you in TREREO, each voice just 1 second later than the other. Reminded me of a listening to the muezzins of Jakarta while in a moment of “silent” reflection at Mass. All slightly off and interspersed with the calls of goats, roosters, and fruit and bread sellers. Must go see the movie.
Hey, Mark! You have a certain Baronesque charm on Skype. You could be a star-ling!
Agreed. I’m of the opinion that Shea would be a good addition to the regular lineup over at Blogging Heads. That was a fun talk. Wish it was three times as long!
Big Tolkien fan here and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I thought that Jackson’s embellishments were sound and consistent with the lore (Simarillion) and provided essential foreshadowing of the looming threat of Mordor. Looking forward to the next two installments.