… For my son’s tenth birthday yesterday I took him to see The Hobbit. If the previous Lord of The Rings movies were any indication, there is a lot of walking in The Hobbit. Roughly two hours of walking. It was during one of the many grand and lengthy walking scenes that my son leans over and wonders out loud, “Why doesn’t Gandalf just summons those giant birds of his and be done with it?”
Which naturally reminded me of this…
And at the end, well sort of the “end” [spoiler alert] when he does finally hitch a ride on the back of a giant magical eagle my son literally made this face…
… and he absolutely couldn’t believe that the damn birds dropped them off at the top of some cliff when they were clearly “almost there!”. The sheer exasperation on his face was priceless. “They were so close! Just a few more flaps and they’s be at gates of the Lonely Mountain! Stupid birds! It’s just one more thing for them to walk down from!”
I think the source of my son’s frustrations was that this was the first movie he’s seen without having first read the book. His annoyance with the whole movie was comical. He told me later, “Why didn’t Gandalf just light those pine cones on fire to start with? It was like he kept forgetting he was a wizard. Wiz-ard! ”
Maybe I should have titled this post, Taking Sheldon Cooper To The Movies.
Updated: But wait. Let us consult the nerd canons.