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Author Topic: TV/Film: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?  (Read 14067 times)

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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #150 on: January 02, 2013, 04:57:17 pm »
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The movie felt like a good adaptation of a children's novel, which is what The Hobbit is, really.  Which was part of my problem with it.  But don't mind me.  I'm such a huge geek about the original three films, it's hard for me to "prequel".  In four years when all three parts are out on DVD, I'll watch 'em all in order and probably love the whole thing.  ;)

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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #151 on: January 03, 2013, 12:28:03 pm »
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The Hobbit - I thought it was pretty good. Not as 'epic' as the Lord of the Rings though. I didn't care for how some things were changed around either. Didn't think that was needed. Overall worth watching though.


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You know, I actually liked that. (The book isn't as epic, too, so it would've been strange if the movie hadn't had another 'voice'.)

And the changes include back story and tie in story with LOTR and it's been ages since I read the book anyway, so... *shrug*

I always see movie and book as two different entities, so I don't get all worked up about things like some folks do. Cinema is for fun and I want to enjoy it - if a movie happens to disappoint me, it's something else, but I tend to suspend disbelief and cut the movie some slack from the get-go.


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The movie felt like a good adaptation of a children's novel, which is what The Hobbit is, really.  Which was part of my problem with it.  But don't mind me.  I'm such a huge geek about the original three films, it's hard for me to "prequel".  In four years when all three parts are out on DVD, I'll watch 'em all in order and probably love the whole thing.  ;)

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The Hobbit was always meant to have a very different feel than LotR, and rightly so, because it's a completely different story. The events themselves, when taken out of the context of the writing style, are actually very epic in my opinion. [Spoilers for people who haven't read the book] The Battle of the Five Armies is a huge one, and it helps to mend the relations between Elves and Dwarves (not by much, but their rivalry goes back to the first age, really, and that sort of distrust can't be fixed overnight).

The things that were changed around weren't, actually. Most, if not all, of the suspect material "added" to the story was actually taken from other legit Tolkien sources, namely The Quest for Erebor (found in 'Unfinished Tales'), which goes into this story in a bit more grim detail and told from Gandalf's perspective post-coronation.

Radagast was, to my knowledge, the only part made up by Peter and that was a total delight from this Tolkien fan's perspective. (There's variety in the personalities of Elves, Valar, Orcs... why not the Maiar?)

But to sum it up from the aforementioned Quest for Erebor:

"But you know how things went, at any rate as Bilbo saw them. The story would sound rather different, if I had written it."

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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #152 on: January 03, 2013, 01:14:18 pm »
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The things that were changed around weren't, actually.

 
Yes, this. Also I agree on epic things still being epic enough - I mean what would one call the fight of the giants? I thought it was brilliant.

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Radagast was, to my knowledge, the only part made up by Peter and that was a total delight from this Tolkien fan's perspective.


I enjoyed this character a lot. I thought it was an adorable idea and the hare sleigh was just aweseome.

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"But you know how things went, at any rate as Bilbo saw them. The story would sound rather different, if I had written it."


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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #153 on: January 03, 2013, 07:02:51 pm »
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Saw Les Misérables yesterday. I'd never read the book or seen it on stage, so didn't know what to expect. But I did enjoy it.

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I'm seeing it this weekend. We saw the stage production a few months ago...it is rather difficult to bawl the way I did and try not to ruin the performance for the people around you :o
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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #154 on: January 03, 2013, 07:13:40 pm »
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The movie felt like a good adaptation of a children's novel, which is what The Hobbit is, really.  

I agree that it seemed more like a children's book... although I sort of have a problem with that because it's rated PG-13. I don't know; I know there are some violent parts in the novel, but I for one read it in elementary school, and I think a PG rating would have opened it to more audiences.

I, too, LOVED Radagast! :) And I think Martin Freeman was excellent!

I don't know; I enjoyed it as a movie, but I'm somewhat lukewarm about it. I felt it was too long, and I'm a bit miffed they turned it into three separate movies. That seems ostentatious or greedy to me.

I guess it's just that nothing beats LotR. :D
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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #155 on: January 03, 2013, 07:55:00 pm »
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I agree that it seemed more like a children's book... although I sort of have a problem with that because it's rated PG-13. I don't know; I know there are some violent parts in the novel, but I for one read it in elementary school, and I think a PG rating would have opened it to more audiences.

I, too, LOVED Radagast! :) And I think Martin Freeman was excellent!

I don't know; I enjoyed it as a movie, but I'm somewhat lukewarm about it. I felt it was too long, and I'm a bit miffed they turned it into three separate movies. That seems ostentatious or greedy to me.

I guess it's just that nothing beats LotR. :D


I find this sentiment interesting... the LotR movies are pure gold to me, but as for as the story goes on its own, it's the least interesting thing Tolkien wrote in my opinion LOL. I loved The Hobbit much more..

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« Reply #156 on: January 03, 2013, 08:36:09 pm »
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I find this sentiment interesting... the LotR movies are pure gold to me, but as for as the story goes on its own, it's the least interesting thing Tolkien wrote in my opinion LOL. I loved The Hobbit much more..

Yes, I was strictly talking about the movies.

It's been years since I've read The Hobbit and The LotR books, so I can't speak to that clearly, although I remember devouring them all! I recently acquired The Silmarillion, so I may have to return and reread everything in the near future. :)
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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #157 on: January 04, 2013, 07:07:18 am »
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I felt it was too long, and I'm a bit miffed they turned it into three separate movies. That seems ostentatious or greedy to me.


I think that this is only, because the studio is now willing to pay for it.
Jackson might very well would've loved to make three movies out of each LOTR books, too, but had troubles finding a studio at all. (Because they had to pay over a year before even a single real scene was shot, so they were reluctant.)
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« Reply #158 on: January 04, 2013, 10:35:46 am »
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I find this sentiment interesting... the LotR movies are pure gold to me, but as for as the story goes on its own, it's the least interesting thing Tolkien wrote in my opinion LOL. I loved The Hobbit much more..


I have a very soft spot for The Hobbit too.  It was one of the first books we read aloud to each other as a family (it's something we used to do when my son was young).  We'd pass the book back and forth, each of us reading a chapter (or part of a chapter, in my son's case).  We never got around to reading the other three because my son preferred to read on his own when he was old enough for them.

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What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #159 on: January 05, 2013, 01:05:07 pm »
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The things that were changed around weren't, actually. Most, if not all, of the suspect material "added" to the story was actually taken from other legit Tolkien sources, namely The Quest for Erebor (found in 'Unfinished Tales'), which goes into this story in a bit more grim detail and told from Gandalf's perspective post-coronation.

Radagast was, to my knowledge, the only part made up by Peter and that was a total delight from this Tolkien fan's perspective. (There's variety in the personalities of Elves, Valar, Orcs... why not the Maiar?)

But to sum it up from the aforementioned Quest for Erebor:

"But you know how things went, at any rate as Bilbo saw them. The story would sound rather different, if I had written it."

Here's a brief Smithsonian article in this aspect of the move, in case anyone is interested:  

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-Tolkien-Nerds-Guide-to-The-Hobbit--185546102.html?utm_source=smithsonianinsider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201301-insider&device=android
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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #160 on: January 05, 2013, 01:13:23 pm »
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Radagast was, to my knowledge, the only part made up by Peter and that was a total delight from this Tolkien fan's perspective. (There's variety in the personalities of Elves, Valar, Orcs... why not the Maiar?)

 
Putting Radagast into TH might be made up (though I do recall Gandalf describing, in the LotR books either in the story itself or somewhere in the back matter, having spoken to him, in connection with the whole "something's fishy in Mirkwood" deal), but he, and his quite distinct personality, are Tolkien's own creation.

I may just be misunderstanding your phrasing here; if so, my apologies.

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Re: What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #161 on: January 08, 2013, 07:28:54 pm »
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What is the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?

 
Rise of the Guardians, for the second time.  LOVED it.  And it inspired my daughter's imagination...gotta love that!
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Rise of the Guardians, for the second time.  LOVED it.  And it inspired my daughter's imagination...gotta love that!

Definitely thought you were talking about Legend of the Guardians (the owl movie), which I enjoyed if only because it was gorgeous to watch! However, Rise of the Guardians looked good too, even if the title confuses me.
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What's the latest movie you've seen in the theaters?
« Reply #163 on: January 08, 2013, 09:56:09 pm »
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What is the latest movie you've seen in the theaters? (As opposed to popping a DVD/video cassette into the machine, catching it on cable, downloading and watching on iTunes/other subscription service.)

Did you like it? Dislike it?

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I saw red dawn and then on the way out we snuck into flight. I liked both though I didn't finish flight as a guy came and picked me up from the theatre

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« Reply #164 on: January 09, 2013, 03:22:49 am »
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I saw red dawn and then on the way out we snuck into flight. I liked both though I didn't finish flight as a guy came and picked me up from the theatre

 
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