Sunday, December 23, 2012

Backbend and The Hobbit

Guess who just got back from a long wonderful day.  Me!  Me!  Me!


I can't get enough of this picture.
I had a great aerial class.  I even managed to finally do a back bend on the trapeze.  The icing on that cake was having my instructors tell me they can't do that trick.  In trapeze sometimes the student becomes the teacher and I think that's the beauty of circus arts.  We all work together and learn from each other.  It's very clear that even in our small group we all have our strengths and weaknesses which means we all bring something different to the table and we can all learn from each other.  One thing I have learned about myself recently is that is takes two class (at least) for me to figure out a new trick.  In conclusion I had a great class.  I hope my friends did as well.  It certainly seemed like we were all having a great time.

After class one of my friends and I set off the see The Hobbit!  Yay!  I finally got to go!

My brat.
I have not read the books.  Lord of the Rings is something that has been around in my life since I was a baby.  My step dad was (and probably still is, I should call him right now) a huge fan of the books.  There is a waterfall park in Ithaca he is dying to take me to because it is just like Rivendell.  I was going to go this past August but I had to cancel.  Maybe this coming summer.

So my step dad loved Lord of the Rings.  He had a LOTR chess set and my Yellow Naped Amazon was named Gwaihir after the Lord of the Eagles.  As a child my friends never understood the name.  Can you blame them?  It's uncommon and not the easiest to say (or spell).  I called him Gwai for short later on in life.

I love being sucked up into a movie and what is great about the LOTR movies is that even though they are super long, I don't notice the time because I am in the zone.

Anyway, here is what I didn't like.  There were quite a few scenes that were the obvious 3D scenes.  In the beginning of the film so much happens and the camera is zooming in and out and left to right so fast I got dizzy.  I get that a certain amount of rush needs to be applied for the adventurous style, but it was a bit like being on a row boat in the middle of an angry sea and I was getting sea sick.  Maybe I would have responded better had it been the 3D showing but somehow I think it's scenes like this that deter people from 3D.

My second issue was the humor.  My friend noted that The Hobbit is a children's story.  So possibly is this where the humor fit in?  If that was the direction Peter Jackson wanted to take then The Hobbit should have been more Harry Potter and less LOTR.  I don't see any of the LOTR movies (including The Hobbit) as movies marketed towards children.  Plus the movie is rated PG-13 so I don't see the need for random silly humor.  Every now and then it worked, but there were a few times where it just seemed out of place.

I really enjoyed the movie though.  Of course I can't look at Gandolf and not see Magneto, but I tried.

SPOILER
My favorite scene was when Bilbo charges at the Orc's inevitably saving Thorin, the Dwarf king.  Following this the eagles take the travelers to safety.  There is something about that scene that made me well up with tears.  I didn't actually cry but I had watery eyes.  Maybe I miss my parrot and not I will not get another one.

LOTR is a genre I can't not love.  It has a special place in my heart because of it's attachment to my childhood.  I don't remember seeing the animated films either but it's something that has been around me forever.  One of these days I will read them.  There is just something special about LOTR.

I know.  Not my best movie talk.  I was so caught in the movie and being that I haven't read the book I feel like there is much I can not discuss.  I loved it though.  I can't wait for the next film.

Oh, I also stopped at Target (I had to return something) and I found a special MLP card box.  Bonus!

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