I could tell from the high pitched squee in the living room that my wife was watching the trailer to the new Hobbit movie which comes out in a few weeks. Going to the midnight showing of The Lord of the Rings movies became a yearly ritual for us a decade ago. I’m a Tolkien nerd. My bride fell in love with his stories after she saw the first movie. So, it made perfect sense to bring our three month old baby to a twelve hour screening of each movie and the midnight showing of The Return of the King, right? We’re not crazy, honest …
Almost everyone loved The Lord of the Rings movies. Even die hard Tolkien nerds like myself walked away feeling that Peter Jackson had captured the heart of the stories even if he messed up some of our favorite parts of the story (insert Faramir, etc). I remember not feeling that way after I saw The Two Towers for the first time though.
I’d been so excited after The Fellowship of the Ring came out. I think I saw it five or six times in the theater, which is weird for me as I rarely go to the theater. I followed every little tidbit of information on the Two Towers before it came out. I’d seen every trailer and researched everything I could on what to expect. I even bought the soundtrack before the movie came out and matched it to what scenes I thought the music went with.
Needless to say, I was disappointed. Too many changes. Too many pieces left out. I have heard award winning writers I respect agree with the changes Jackson made saying that they made the story better. Even years later I disagree. But that’s neither here nor there.
My point is that I changed my entire process of getting ready for The Return of the King. I didn’t read up on information about it beforehand. I didn’t get the music. I went into the movie with the same attitude that I saw the first movie. Looking to enjoy a world I adore onscreen. And I did.
So, while I’m sure there will be lots of changes in The Hobbit, some that will even make a Tolkien fan cringe, my plan is to enjoy The Hobbit for what it is. A well done movie about a world I love to get lost in. So, what about you? Have you bought your tickets yet? How excited are you about the upcoming movie?