Monday, January 30, 2012

Movie Mondays: The Fellowship of the Ring


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.
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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.
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5. Legolas. He's inadvertently hilarious, mostly through stating the bleeding obvious. And has a never-ending supply of arrows.
6. Hugo Weaving as Elrond.
7. Ian Holm as Bilbo. Especially creepy Bilbo when he sees the ring again at Rivendell.
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8. While it was being filmed, New Zealand's cabinet included a "Minister for The Lord of the Rings". AWESOMENESS.
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.
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12. The filming. Consistently incredible use of forced perspective.
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.
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16. Aragorn throwing a flaming torch at one of the Nazgûl.
17. Rivendell.
18. Christopher Lee.
19. The scene where the hobbits hide in the tree from the Nazgûl.
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20. Epic wizard fights.
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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25. Gandalf trying to work out the password to get into Moria.

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?? 

K xx

7 comments:

  1. Alas! One of my favourite movies (well, it's actually The Two Towers my fav, but for the sake of it, let's call the trilogy my fave movie)

    And I pretty much pictured the entire thing with the reasons and the quotes. I remember when the third movie was coming out and I went to watch the marathon with the extended versions of the first and second one before the premiere of the third one. 11 hours. Hardcore.

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    1. I'm torn between Two Towers and Return of the King as my favourite. And wow - an eleven hour marathon sounds intimidating. And awesome.

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  2. YAY LOTR!!!!!!! We're actually working our way through them in my Sunday School class and just finished Two Towers a couple of weeks ago. I'm so proud of my little geeks! As I was reading I kept making mental notes of "yes, I need to comment on that because it's awesome!" Then I realized that I was making a mental note for almost every line. Haha.

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    1. Yeah, I have to stop myself from making mental notes about every second line quite a lot when I do these posts. Sometimes I just want to find the entire script online and link to that. But I know no one would read it that way!

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  3. I celebrate the greatness that is LOTR on a regular basis. YAY FOR LOTR MONDAYS! I have these close friends where for some reason, no matter how much time has passed or what it is we seem to be doing, every time we get together we somehow end up making LOTR jokes. Always, without fail. We went on a road trip together and it ended up being a LOTR tour of the oregon coast...not planned. Anyhow! I can never pick my favorite of the three movies, and I'm SO EXCITED to FINALLY be seeing the hobbit, too.

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    1. Holy cow. That sounds like a totally awesome trip. And my brother and I always say "Po-tay-toes?" when we're having them for dinner. Mum gets so horribly confused, even though we explain every time why it's hilarious!

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  4. I was just recalling tonight that I made myself read LOTR the book before I saw the movie, then 45 minutes after finishing it rushed out to see it and then, 3 hours after met my boyfriend. Ten years later, this past new year's eve, we watched all three movies together for the first time (obv. we saw movies two and three as a couple). So, this is a special one for me. Also: SECOND BREAKFAST. Best meal of the day.

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