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The Hobbit

You know that meme that's going around about life getting in the way of our costuming?

Well, that's what happened on Thursday with the premiere of "The Hobbit."

On the same evening, I gave a talk about lgbt history at a fellow PFLAG chapter. Fortunately, I "outed myself" as a costumer long ago with most of the group, so it was no major surprise when Galadriel showed up.

The talk went well, then Galadriel headed to Pittsburgh to meet with some fellow Ringers - non costumers, but geeks, indeed.

I don't know if any theaters in Pittsburgh had lots of costumers, but ours did not. There were maybe five that made some kind of effort, one wearing a pretty burgundy midieval dress, but that was about it.

The reaction to a full Galadriel costume? They applauded when I walked in. :)

I have no pictures, because I forgot my camera. #FAIL! I wasn't feeling as beautiful as ususl in this costume, because I wore my white fleece cape over everything, and doing that and taking it off indoors, along with getting in and out of the car, my hair was a hot mess.

The acting was fantastic, as I expected. The casting was perfect. I believed Thorin was a ruler; he carried himself differently and drew me in. Andy Serkis as Gollum was amazing. They have improved the CG, and at times, it looked so much like Serkis, it was scary. The glowing eyes made him that much creepier.

It's been a long time since I've read "The Hobbit." I have begun to read it again. I've forgotten much. I thought the line about golf being invented was a rather corny modern-day screenplay addition (like meat being back on the menu), but I found it in the very first chapter of the book.

Overall, the movie was visually stunning, of course. And the effects were spectacular without taking over, a la George Lucas, but dialogue-wise, it sometimes had the feel of the X-men movies, with some rather simplistic lines. The Hobbit is a children's book, and some of that simplicity remains. It may be the nature of the beast.

I was also looking for the maid Elf of honor, whose job it would be to straighten out Galadriel's train and keeping it looking spectacular for every shot, for her primary job in this movie was to look beautiful and ethereal. ;-)

I was glad to see Christopher Lee, too!

I did not see this in 3D, and I'm glad this was my first way to see it. I didn't want that to overwhelm my first impression (One of my friends is unable to see 3D).

That's all I will say, except I'm looking forward to buying and enjoying the complete score, and seeing this movie again, and in 3D.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I actually enjoy the spoilers, as I want to go in with an idea of what to expect. Alas, our elvenwear is not yet complete, but I'll certainly dress up for the film.
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Take your camera!
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
We always do ;-)
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yay for spoilers. I didn't go. I dont have a LOTRs costume.
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Don't let that stop you. ;-)
Dec. 15th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
We will see it today!!! YAY!

... I will go as a muggle, because I don't want to drag my trains through a theatre that might have spilled beverages, etc... That, plus I've never had a good response from crowds when I've shown up to films in costume.

I'm glad you were applauded! :D
Dec. 15th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
The strangest thing was people were especially impressed with the Elf ears, which is the easiest part. I'm thinking to myself, "What about the crown that took me months to make?"
Dec. 15th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes exactly! :)
Dec. 15th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
You've never had that happen to you, have you? ;-)
Dec. 16th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
"I love your boots!" Umm, what about the 4562 buttons I sewed on by hand??? LOL
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Dec. 18th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
They made more of an effort where you were. Like I said, one girl in a medieval dress - homemade, which I gave her props for because it looked nice, but besides us, it was a cape here, flood pants there, etc.
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