So we went to see the Hobbit. It was awesome. (Proper reviews coming later.) But it’s put us in a proper Lord of the Rings frame of mind. Or me, at least.
I’ve seen the set two times before. It’s kind of an annual thing that we watch them, now. This time, we called in the big guns. Extended Editions. Yeah, I know. Some people would think it kind of sad I could more than happily sit down and watch a four-and-a-bit hour Return of the King (which we haven’t gotten to yet), but come on. It’s fun.
Probably the weirdest part of watching The Lord of the Rings after The Hobbit is the special effects. I mean, they’re legendary for the age of the movie. But after the snappy 2012 effects in the Hobbit? It’s just weird. That doesn’t dampen my general thoughts on the movie, but time is starting to tell on the Lord of the Rings movies. Despite that, they’re going down as those age-old classics that you can’t complain about, no matter how old they get. I’m glad.
I can’t believe all the stuff they cut out of the shortened versions! Some of it they down right should have kept in. Like the chicken seasoning and the “real Elvish rope.” That one so should have made it. I could be considered babbling right now. It’s just Cait got tired after watching Boromir die (man, it took a lot to kill him — one swipe or an arrow, and three orcs are dead; four arrows later, and Boromir can still give out his final lines… what’s with that?) and then going straight on to start the Two Towers, so we stopped at about…Gimili licking the orc’s blood (that sounds bad.) Rephrase. Tracking the orcs in the Fangorn forest. After Merry and Pippin.
(Why we only started at Boromir’s death is a long story. We started on Christmas Eve, and then Xave came, so we thought a two-year-old probably shouldn’t see a guy get shot, so we didn’t get to pick it up again till New Year’s Eve.)
I’m having fun with extended editions. It makes me feel like more of a fan than I am. Sometimes it’s fun to feel like a fan without going all out and making yourself look ridiculous. (Okay, so I did that, too. But once again — more on my elf costume later.) I wonder if there’ll be extended editions for The Hobbit? I don’t see how, I mean, in three movies, they should be able to cover everything without having extended editions. But then, it’s almost a shame. Extended editions are cool. Very cool.