After guest blogging for Gina last week about why I'm doing Kermit flails of excitement over the forthcoming Hobbit movie (IS IT DECEMBER YET?!?!?!), I decided over the weekend to try and get myself through by rewatching The Lord of the Rings. Clearly, I'd forgotten just how very long each movie is, because I only made it through Fellowship of the Ring before the weekend was basically over. Okay, that may be a SMALL amount of hyperbole. Whatever.
Anyway, I decided that the next three Movie Mondays are going to be LOTR central around here! (And considering Fellowship is like 85% wandering through the woods, 5% bromances, and 10% actual fighting and whatnot, it can only get better from here) Oh, and for once, I've decided that I'm going to reference characters as well as the actors who played them. Because my brain can separate the two for a change! Without further ado, let's get started, because this is going to be - rather like the film itself - a long one:
Reasons why Fellowship of the Ring is awesome:
1. Andy Serkis as Gollum, even if he's barely in this installment.
2. Ian McKellen. Total badass.
3. The scenery.
4. Merry and Pippin. They're Fred and George Weasley, only not.
6. Hugo Weaving as Elrond.
7. Ian Holm as Bilbo. Especially creepy Bilbo when he sees the ring again at Rivendell.
9. Personnel from the New Zealand armed forces were cast as extras for the fight scenes.
10. That they included Tolkien's original maps.
11. Gandalf's fireworks. AMAZING.
13. The giant squid/octopus beastie outside the entrance to Moria.
14. The scene where they're all plowing through the snow, and Legolas is all "tralalala!" on top of the snow. It's in the book and I love that they did it that way in the movie.
15. The number of locations they went to solely for the sake of walking a few hundred metres for a montage sequence.
18. Christopher Lee.
19. The scene where the hobbits hide in the tree from the Nazgûl.
21. Billowy cloaks of doom. You really can't go wrong with a billowy cloak of doom.
22. Cate Blanchett.
23. The music.
24. The number of memes it's spawned.
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Plus, the following quotes:
- "You have my sword." "And you have my bow." "And MY axe!"
- "Fly, you fools!"
- "My precious."
- "The time would soon come when hobbits would shape the fortunes of all."
- "A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives exactly when he means to."
- "Keep it secret. Keep it safe."
- "One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."
- "What's THAT?!" "This, my friend, is a pint." "It comes in PINTS?!?"
- "Are you frightened?" "Yes." "Not nearly frightened enough."
- "I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip." "What about elevensies? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He doesn't about them, doesn't he??" "I wouldn't count on it..."
- "YOU. SHALL NOT. PASS!"
- If you want him, come and claim him!"
- "They have a cave troll..."
- "I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone."
- "One does not simply walk into Mordor!"
- "Anyway, you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission...quest...thing."
- "This is no mine. It's a tomb."
- "Fool of a Took!"
- "Go back, Sam. I'm going to Mordor alone." "Of course you are. And I'm coming with you."
- "Nobody tosses a dwarf!"
- "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
- "It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep for feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to."
Has anyone seen to extended editions with the cast commentaries? Apparently Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan's is HILARIOUS. I'm kind of tempted to rent them just so I can see for myself! Also, who's excited about Lego LOTR??