April 04, 2004

The Fellowship of the Ring, Special Edition

Tonight my wife wanted to rewatch Fellowship of the Ring, the first flick in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This makes at least the 8th time, total between theater and dvd and short and long editions, that we've watched it. I think I've got it down now. And it's still a great film. I enjoyed all three and three quarter hours of the hobbit story again, even if my mind wandered a bit here and there. The story, the characters, the visual are all so rich that I don't think I will ever get tired of it, or bored with it. I know Lucy won't.

As I've mentioned before, in writing this blog I've come to realize how your perspective after seeing a movie three times is different than right after seeing it the first time. Now I think you reach a another level after 6 to 8 times. Then, you don't have much to say about the film at all because you've been through it so much that there's nothing left to process.

However, this is obviously a special case. I've not only seen all three movies multiple times, but I've watched many hours of documentary, on the disks and on various cable and network TV channels. I saw the franchise clean house at the last Oscars.

It's obvious. I'm not sick of the movies. I am sick of the hyperbole and the commentary and can't bring myself to add to it.

Whenever I kick down and write one of these takes, I try to review and inform those who haven't seen the subject movie, and also put in comments for those who have. Anybody who isn't familiar with the hobbits and the elves and the orcs and such at this point, certainly does not want to be, so there is no reason to share info.

I had thought that because of the movies I would never read the books, but I may try again this summer. I want more of the story now.

Posted by Wayne at April 4, 2004 12:57 AM

Only 8? Wuss.

Posted by: Emily at April 5, 2004 10:50 AM

Hey c'mon, I've got Star Trek reruns to watch, and Law & Order five times a day...

Posted by: Wayne at April 5, 2004 11:45 AM
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