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Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

I’d seen The Hobbit twice before tonight but (if you’ll allow a philosopher her concept distinctions) I think I’ve finally seen it. What I mean is that before tonight I was obsessing over the things the movie got wrong, to the extent that I didn’t really enjoy the story it was telling. Maybe it was my mood (I was convinced I would enjoy life today and made every effort to stay positive throughout the day) or the fact that I was seeing it in IMAX and by myself with other people still willing to cough up IMAX bucks over a month after it first showed, which means hardcore fans who aren’t afraid of reacting to the movie.

Whatever the reason, for the first time I found myself getting swept away in it all. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t blind to the things that drove me crazy the first time. The theatrical excesses, the mangled characterizations, the plot holes like how Radagast just happened to find Gandalf and get there so quickly. The stone trolls’ battle was particularly, well, ridiculous, as is a lot of the race out of Goblin-town. But somehow these just thrilled me rather than distracting me. I knew in the back of my head that a lot of this was wrong, but in the moment I was able to just enjoy the ride.

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Jan. 25th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you were able to see it this way! Yes, flawed still--but so much awesome in it as well.

With LotR,I was able to ignore or explain away PJ's changes in characterization. The majority of them were negative (Faramir, Denethor, the Frodo-Gollum-Sam dynamic) with only Boromir having positive changes. But the changes with TH are mostly positive.

Thorin (and the other Dwarves) are pretty rude and even nasty to Bilbo in the book. The movie Dwarves are much nicer, even when they are rude to Bilbo, it's not with the contempt that they showed him in the book. I think in particular of the conversation in the book in which Gandalf is trying to convince the Dwarves that he needs to be rescued and they are quite willing to consider him a loss to be cut--right after he's made the decision that dreadful as it seems he's got to go back after them. (In fact, that wholly courageous, but entirely internal decision in the book is played out in the movie when he fights for Thorin! I had not thought of that scene in that light before!) But in the movie they don't think he needs rescuing; for some reason they think he got away, which is much less uncaring.

What that says to me is that while I can sometimes incorporate movie-verse from LotR into my book-based stories, it's going to be much harder to do so with TH. It really is even more of an AU. Still, there are some lovely things that I can draw on--I LOVE Bofur's characterization for example, and I've already pulled Bilbo's dressing gown into my fanon. And I've got a bunny about doilies...

I do wish TH was still showing around here; I'd love to see it one more time in the theater.
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