Lincoln and the Hobbit in the Land of the Impossible

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It as been a month of movies for us. The weather has been mostly bleak, with our Valley inversion pressing down the clouds and the mood. But, my mood can be immensely cheered by a movie. I love going to the movies. I might love them more at home on Netflix if DISH network was not so slow, stopping to buffer and sputter at the worst times. At home, I tend to get very, very sleepy if I sit still, but the lightening of my wallet at the movies causes me to sit up and pay attention.

One of the most anticipated movies for us was The Hobbit. A couple of years ago, while on holiday in New Zealand (that’s how they say it: “Holiday”, which sounds so much more festive than a vacation) we visited Hobbiton, the site of much of the filming of the movie. We squatted to peer in Hobbit houses and walked where Bilbo walked. It was such fun to see how the sets were developed and maintained – down to the replacement of sunflowers and cabbages to match yesterday’s scenes and the application of yogurt to the fences to make them look lichen-covered. Watching it in 3D was a nostalgic return to the set for us. Gollum is so creepy, yet so pitiful, I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. And the song of the dwarves is still echoing in my head. Lovely set up for the next two installments, though the wait is long.

Lincoln did not disappoint and I thought Tommy Lee Jones as Stevens was fabulous. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln were equally good. I loved the thoughtful, simple way that Lincoln determined to be the President that would end the evils of slavery. A great movie about a great man.

The Impossible was somewhat disappointing to me. It told the true story of one family’s amazing survival during the disaster, but though the disaster scenes were believable and sobering, the constant “Jaws-type” music from the first minutes would have been better left until the actual disaster. I think that normalizing the vacation anticipation and ordinary-ness of the family would have made a better cinematic experience.

Next up: Silver Linings Play Book

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Published in: on February 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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