Yes, I am leaving the relatively mild climate of sunny Orlando (though it feels pretty darn cold to me right now) to visit family in New Mexico. I will be there until Jan. 6, and it is very likely I won’t have much access to the Internet while I am there. I’m sure a little HP fandom abstinence will be good for me. *cringes*
But before I go to bed—so that I can get a little shut-eye before I have to leave for Orlando Intn’l at 5AM (ugh)—there are a few things I have to say.
First of all, I had a lovely weekend with old college friends in north FL and south GA, some of whom I haven’t seen in quite a few months. We went to a really nice concert—three pianos and an organ, all Christmas music—at which I confess I was a bit distracted by my own inner musings about some burning (to me) theological questions. I will most likely post some thoughts on this later, when I have more time. Warning: these issues may well only be of interest to those of you who know me in RL. I promise to use the lovely lj-cut feature, so that those of you who aren’t interested in Christian theology or don’t find these questions to be quite so crucial as I do can skip it.
Speaking of the lj-cut feature…
ROTK: Amazing. Wonderful. Brilliant. I’m sure it’s all been said before by this time, but…
-Sam’s heroics in general, and of course, “I can carry you.”
-The Battle of the Pellenor Fields—especially Eowyn’s Big Moment
-The whole climax with the ring’s destruction interspersed with the battle at the Black Gate, followed by Mt. Doom’s eruption and the Eagle Rescue Squad. So right-on. Exactly how I pictured it, and yet a total surprise.
-Arwen reciting my favorite bit of poetry from the trilogy: “Renewed shall be blade that was broken…” My dad didn’t like the way they changed the stuff with Anduril in the movie, but I thought it was great.
-The Rohirrim cavalry’s arrival at the BotPF
-Most of Sam’s emo moments
-The Grey Havens—especially, for some reason, Gandalf’s farewell
-The oliphaunts—especially Legolas’ little joyride
-The fire-breathing battering ram
-Shelob—especially the sequence where she is stealthily stalking Frodo
-The Paths of the Dead
Other things I enjoyed:
-The Gondor theme! We only got a snippet of it in FOTR, and I really loved it, and wondered if it would turn out to be a leitmotif in the later chapters, or if it was just a one-time deal. But Shore brought it back all over the place in ROTK, and I loffed it!
-The credits were cool. I like “curtain call” style credits a lot, though they usually only work for comedies and musicals. But I thought the character portraits on a Red Book background were a classy way of giving the cast curtain calls. Also, “Into the West” is beautiful.
-Throughout the Paths of the Dead bits, I kept thinking, “Hmm…I feel like I’ve seen something kinda like this before.” What a rip-off of PotC, eh? (j/k)
What I didn’t like:
-I would have preferred just a little less Aragorn/Arwen, to make room for a little more Eowyn/Faramir. But I understand why the filmmakers made the choices they did, and I’m OK with it. I’m willing to wait patiently for the extended DVD.
-The audience. They laughed in some places that were seriously not funny. And when it cut to the very last scene of Sam arriving back in Hobbiton, one man a few rows behind me said, “Is this ever gonna end?” Patience is a virtue, dude. It really is.
Sigh…can’t wait to see it again. Some of my extended fam that I’m going to see are fans, so I’m hoping we’ll plan a family outing to see it together.
In other news, my parents gave me a few Christmas presents today, which they let me open early. Anyway, I love 3D puzzles, but they have kind of gone out of fashion and are hard to find these days. So of course when I began unwrapping one and saw that it was a 3D puzzle I was very excited. But then I realized that it was not just any 3D puzzle—it was a replica of Edoras from the TTT movie!! How cool is that? My dad ordered it for me online. They also got me the PotC DVD, which I have been wanting to get, but haven’t been able to bring myself to spring the money for. Just two days ago I was this close to getting it. I had it in my hands and was heading for the checkout when I changed my mind and thought, “No. I really need to be careful about spending less and saving up so I can move out of Mum and Dad’s house.” Anyway, of course I really went nuts when my parents gave it to me…
See? Patience is rewarded.
I wish all of you safe and happy holidays!
Grace and Peace,