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Hobbit squeeee!

Posted on 2012.11.28 at 14:18
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Well, being the out-and-proud Tolkien geek that I am, the other night I used fandango to buy tickets to see the midnight showing of The Hobbit on Dec. 13 at our local cinema -- in IMAX 3D no less. Oh, how I'm salivating.

I saw one of several trailers when I went to see Cloud Atlas recently. The Hobbit looks fabulous, with all the magnificent scenic grandeur, great characterizations, and action we've come to expect from PJ and company. Love Martin Freeman as the younger incarnation of Bilbo. And omg, this movie is making dwarves sexy! Even though I really don't like beards, yeah Richard Armitage as Thorin, that voice! That smoldering look. YUM! And Fili and Kili, as we've already ascertained, are hot. So, let's see, how quickly do we guess slashy dwarf-centric fics will appear? (I'm not writing them.)I also think I'm going to enjoy the slapstick dwarf humor, even thought there are some who've expressed trepidations. Does anyone know, is the Necromancer and/or Smaug making even a brief appearance in this film or, as I'm guessing, must we wait until the next film for Benedict Cumberbatch's dulcet tones? Lee Pace as Thranduil seems like a treat for next year too. It looks like the story will be framed by an older Bilbo writing it, hence the opportunity for Frodo to appear. (See Elijah Wood on the red carpet in Wellington.) Also, serious erg here, I'm getting some hints, both from the brief gesture of Galadriel moving aside Gandalf's hair in the trailer and a comment that Ian McKellen makes that there's a THING going on between them? If so, I don't think I'm gonna like that.

Gratuitous pics of Richard Armitage as Thorin, and as himself under the cut.  Such pretty blue eyes.  Plus link to the premiere of The Hobbit in Wellington, New Zealand, as supplied by Alexcat.  Ah, apparently the link isn't wanting to work, probably a Facebook thing.  So, I'll just post the link here https://www. facebook. com/TheHobbitMov ie/app_173795602 763999.

Richard Armitage as Thorn

Can't wait! Squeeee!


spiced_wine at 2012-11-28 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
I spent a lot of this morning watching the red carpet (not live) and just loved the *feeling* I got from the whole thing. It was huge, but also homelike, I suppose, being in Wellington. Just a brilliant atmosphere.

I've liked every interview I've seen and read by the actors. At this point I would just go and see the incredible scenery, but yes, I'll go for Thorin, too. (: I've only seen Richard Armitage in one series, but he played a very intense and physical character in that, so I think his being Thorin is inspired casting, as I can see him pulling it off really well.

I don't have the same 'nerves' about this as I did when going to see FOTR. I'm just prepared to sit down and enjoy going back to Middle-earth again.
elfscribe5 at 2012-11-28 21:48 (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Loved the interviews with the various actors. This is going to be fabulous. I also like the fact that they are featuring Philippa Boyens in the interviews. Rare for a writer to get face time. One of the reasons PJ & Co's adaptation of Tolkien has been so successful, imho, is the strength of the screenplay -- something Hollywood often tends to forget. The story's the thing. lol. Well, and not to mention, the actors and the scenery, and the special effects, and the music. The whole package. I'm hopeful this will be just as fabulous as LOTR. And yes, I remember that trepidation before going to see FOTR. I was crossing my fingers, thinking, please get this right. And although I didn't agree with every change they made, I'm certainly not complaining. So yes, I'll be happy to be back in Middle-earth.
spiced_wine at 2012-11-28 22:17 (UTC) (Link)
I also like the fact that they are featuring Philippa Boyens in the interviews. Rare for a writer to get face time.

Yes, there is such a feeling of 'You're all important', which also came through in the vlogs that were put out over the last year.

It's like this massive family feeling, which grew through LOTR. I also love the fact that the actors who came back really wanted to. The whole production has this sense that people are pursuing something they really like doing, and that kind of enthusiasm bubbled out through the vlogs and the premiere.

I know it's a huge money-spinner, and that's really all Warner Bros and New Line are truly interested in, but it has the feeling of being grass-roots made (as it was) with a lot of love by every-one involved. That predisposes me to like it beforehand, since I'd hate Tolkien to be made by people only interested in the money. Jackson and Boyens are fans, and to me, that counts for a lot. And as fans, they'll have their own ideas. I can't criticize that, since I write fanfic. So I will just sit back and enjoy.

elfscribe5 at 2012-11-28 22:19 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed on all points. The movies are, after all, the ultimate fan fiction of the original. And yeah, when you start creating OCs, which they've done, they're in fanfic world.

Edited at 2012-11-28 10:23 pm (UTC)
spiced_wine at 2012-11-29 06:23 (UTC) (Link)
And yeah, when you start creating OCs, which they've done, they're in fanfic world.

I am sure most fanfic writers would love to be able to do what they've done. I would :D
nelyo_russandol at 2012-11-28 21:47 (UTC) (Link)
I am tempted to watch The Hobbit on a 14th am performance in peace and quiet by myself and then do the family outing.
elfscribe5 at 2012-11-28 21:50 (UTC) (Link)
I was going to do that, then Becky and her boyfriend said they'd come with. Goodie.
malinorne2003 at 2012-11-28 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! Goodlooking guy! But tons sexier as a dwarf :) And although I'm not aching to read dwarf slash, I do feel tempted to read the het variety that just has to come out of this movie. Eeek! I do not feel the least tempted to write it.
I'm hoping to watch The Hobbit the 13th also, but it will not be the real premiere here. There's a sneak peek at midnight that same 'morning', but 1) it's way too late for me to be awake and enjoy it and 2) Tickets can only be bought at the theatre in person, at 9 am on a certain day. I seriously doubt there will be fans camping in the street for those tickets, not here, a handful maybe. The newspapers will tell.
Gandalf and Galadriel... hm... great souls both, but ew, really.
elfscribe5 at 2012-11-28 21:57 (UTC) (Link)
Since as we both know there's a dearth of female characters and probably the PJ-created OFC Tauriel won't appear until next year, I wonder where's the opportunity for het, unless of course it is Galadriel and Gandalf. I agree, both great and powerful characters, but um, no, I don't want a romance there.
Really, tickets can only be gotten at a certain theater there at 9 a.m.? Strange.
malinorne2003 at 2012-11-29 12:20 (UTC) (Link)
You're perfectly right about opportunities, of course! But, opportunities for het in LOTR were scarce, too, unless one want to write or read about married couples for the most part. The solution for me, both as a writer and a reader, has been to use OFCs. So, what I do foresee in het as a result of this movie would rather be variants on the topic "hot dwarf lord meets tavern wench" :)
The tickets that can only be gotten that bothersome way would be for a special sneak preview of the movie at night between 11th and 12th, and only in select cities. Tickets for the 12th and after are sold in all channels.
ignoblebard at 2012-11-29 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could see the opening (I was actually more excited that they are showing an extended addition of the LOTR movies as a marathon before the midnight showing of The Hobbit) but my supervisor scheduled an out of town meeting on the 14th so I'll have to wait and see it with the lesser fans on another day. Some people just don't understand the importance of fandom. *fumes*

According to IMDB the Necromancer makes an appearance in this one, and Lee Pace is now listed first in the credits, so I figure he'll be in there too. It might be one of those flashback things for the Necromancer, like they did with Sauron in LOTR. I'm sure his role as Smaug will be larger. It would be interesting if Thranduil showed up at the Gladden Fields in the aftermath of the Isildur attack but that's probably asking a bit much of the film makers.

I like the idea of Galadriel and Gandalf gettin' it awwn! Movie Celeborn is such a cold fish a little wandering eye wouldn't surprise me. I doubt if very many people even remember she was married. lol

My disappointment is the cutting of Legolas. He was listed as being in all three movies and now he's just listed for the last one. I'm thinking they cut him and are saving his scenes for the dvd.

Say, I only wrote that drabble for you for your fandom anniversary. If, after the movie is released, you can think of a fic you'd like to see I'll be happy to have a go at writing it for you.
elfscribe5 at 2012-11-29 01:41 (UTC) (Link)
OMG, a viewing of all 3 extended versions plus The Hobbit?! Over 15 hours? That's way more geekitude than my rear could handle I'm afraid.

Interesting about Sauron and Thranduil. I guess they're going to weave in the totally fanfic version of the White Council's assault on Dol Guldur into all three movies? I should check out what IMDB says about the other ones. And really Legolas got cut? Scandalous.
Umm, I'll be more than happy to request a hobbit-based drabble. What's your opinion of beards? LOL
ignoblebard at 2012-11-29 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
I know! I doubt if I'd be able to sit that long either. I saw the extended versions at the movies last year but they had the good sense to show them over a period of three weeks. It was awesome to see them on the big screen though.

I wonder how much fanfic is going to influence the production. I saw the other day that Figwit got a promotion to Lindir in these films.

And I'll write you a full fic or ficlet, not just a drabble. Just give me a prompt. I can totally work with beards. I wrote a Legolas/Gandalf fic once. lol
kymahalei at 2012-11-29 03:15 (UTC) (Link)
Of course I was bummed that Legolas didn't make the first two, but since he's an extra for the story, I guess I shouldn't complain. Looking forward to owning the Director's cut.

Youngest just spent a half an hour begging me not to go until she gets home from college for break. I shall have to extract many favors from her for letting her get her way. I'll be first to the forum to see other's responses, never mind the spoilers.

And yes, this promises to be a wonderful ride. Once I started looking at the films as fanfiction, it all became OK.
elfscribe5 at 2012-11-29 08:03 (UTC) (Link)
I figure all bets are off if you have to put off seeing it until she gets home. When would that be? You can promise to go see it for the second time with her. lol.
kymahalei at 2012-11-29 11:02 (UTC) (Link)
Second time, eh? *rubbing hands together* Elfscribe, I do like the way you think!
engarian at 2012-11-29 12:01 (UTC) (Link)
I also have my tix in hand for the IMAX 3-D midnight showing on the 13th. I can hardly wait, although I know I'll be completely exhausted - it will be SO worth it! I'll be thinking of you as I settle into my chair, knowing that within a few short hours both of us will have seen a movie that we've been awaiting for FAR too long.....

- Erulisse (one L)
elfscribe5 at 2012-11-30 01:43 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, we're such geeks. LOL. And yes, this flick's been long overdue hasn't it?
engarian at 2012-11-30 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
I will happily be a geek for this one. I won't be in costume for it, though. I have to work that day...

- Erulisse (one L)
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elfscribe5 at 2012-11-30 01:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yay, we can mentally squee together. LOL. Hugs!
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