--HOW IS THIS MOVIE SO GOOD? I'm, like, practically angry about it, and not just because I know that after Peter Jackson finishes his masterpiece he pulls a total George Lucas. Something inside me is resisting the very concept that in a fair world, one movie can be so much better than almost all the other movies. When I say I haven't seen it in ages I mean at least a decade, man, and what you expect to happen when it's been that long is that there's a lot of nostalgia but the whole experience is tinged with disappointment because there's just no way it can be as good as you remember. BUT IT IS.
I have to wait until tomorrow night for The Two Towers so for now just bear with me while I make a wishlist of gifs (or <5 second scenes) that could be compiled into an abridged Fellowship of the Ring which would be less than a minute long but still better than most movies.
• Tiny hobbit child (Peter Jackson's son!) gasping as Bilbo tells his troll story
• A guy with a ferret on his shoulder as the hobbits enter The Prancing Pony
• "It comes in pints? I'm getting one."
• Arwen's flying lead change as she's rescuing Frodo from the Black Riders
• Our DVD apparently has a scratch so we missed about seven minutes from the Council of Elrond, or I'm sure I'd have a few from there
• Gandalf mumbling instructions at the moth (he actually mentions Gwaihir by name btw)
• The Ring on its chain being lifted out of the snow in the foreground
• "They have a cave troll."
And apart from all that, there's this one thing that's been on my mind, how I've heard some disagreement about the nature of the relationships between the nine characters of the Fellowship. Did the team become a family along the way? Do their bonds hold fast even after they part? Does the movie portray it the same way the book did?
Not going to attempt to answer, but this time I felt like what I saw there was real love. Particularly, I noticed the way the protection of the four hobbits (all of them, not just Frodo) became the personal duty of every other member. The tough guys tried to teach the little guys to defend themselves, they showed them respect, but nobody ever tried to pretend that a hobbit was a warrior. They were there to be guarded and the others were there to guard, and everyone accepted that as good and right.
That's Middle-Earth for you. I love it with all my heart.