*pulls self up off the face of the Earth*
I kind of want to pretend like I didn’t just disappear for months. With no explanation, no activity on WordPress at all, and certainly no comments.
I really don’t know why. Life has been life, and it’s been hard enough to actually write in my novels, much less on my blog.
I’m sorry for the disappearance. I needed to get away from social media. To be honest, I’m still having a hard time getting back to it. 2020 continues to be an absolute jerk (we should all gang up and bully 2020 off the Internet) and it is beginning to show.
So I’m sorry I haven’t checked anyone’s posts in literally months, and have been doing minimal chatting with you beans *wells up in tears* I really missed you guys.
BUT why don’t we have a good post to celebrate my return to the blogosphere?
I’ll admit – I haven’t been doing a whole lot this year. (What is there to do, anyway.) BUT I have been catching up on one of my favorite hobbies: TV and film.
In the months of 2020 I have completed so many momentous movies to place under my golden belt:
BOTH Pride and Prejudice remakes (the 1995 AND 2005 versions – let me know in the comments if you want a comparison on the two in a future post!)
Every Disney Channel movie in existence
Rewatch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Started on the Clone Wars (FINALLY)
Forky Asks A Question (a legendary film series)
Struggled to continue Star Wars: Rebels
The Cars Trilogy (isn’t THAT an odd mouthful)
Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse (a movie EVERYONE should see)
Frozen 2 (in theaters)
The Chroncles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian rewatches (top tier stuff)
way too many brain mushing Disney Channel sitcoms
AND an Emma rewatch (the 2009 version, not the A&E 1996 and 2020 ABOMINATIONS. Although I would be open to the 1996 Gweneth Paltrow version – I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch Obi Wan Frank Churchill Kenobi?)
And of course, Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
I watched this movie around midnight on a Saturday night (yes, that means I didn’t finish and get in bed until 3:45 A. M.) with my dad after everyone had gone to sleep.
It was my first time viewing the movie, actually! I hadn’t really been raised on LOTR, but my dad had always praised it. So finally, after weeks of scheming, we settled in to watch the three hour first installment to one of the most legendary fantasies ever.
So, what did I think?
Let me say first of all, I now know why everyone wants to live in the Shire.
The sweet music, the warmth the radiates off of every inch of the land, and the beautiful innocence and happiness of the Hobbits made for such a strong contrast to the darkness and ominousness (I didn’t think this was a word but WordPress isn’t auto correcting me. That is a first.) of the rest of the movie. The soothing happiness that swelled all around the Shire made me feel like I was coming home.
The Shire does, in fact, live up to its hype.
The characters were just as excellent as I expected they would be. I loved being along for the journey with them. They made an excellent squad and their joining together was just like……amazing??? Honestly, I swear every author rips of Tolkien’s work without putting in any of the elements that made it good.
The Hobbits just endeared me so much. I wanted gather them all into one big hug. Frodo was so sweet and noble (I don’t care what anyone says he is ON PAR with Sam) Merry and Pippin were genuinely funny and added so much to the movie (I smiled every time they appeared on screen) and Sam was just as much as a bean as everyone said he would be.
And the other members of the fellowship were just as excellent. Aragorn was simply perfection. Legolas was just as fabulous as I expected, and I very quickly knew he would be a favorite of mine. Gimli was just as excellent, and he had me cracking up all the time. And Boromir was a really fascinating character. I feel like it was a real shame we didn’t get more time with him, because I would have loved more exploration on his character.
And Gandalf was even better than I anticipated. His character was executed so perfectly, and he was so well done. I instantly wished I had a Gandalf of my own in my life.
And I also really enjoyed all the more minor characters as well! I loved their additions to the lore and worldbuilding of Middle Earth.
I really, really admired the allegorical elements of the world, particularly the Ring itself. It left me pondering what had been said days afterward. Everyone tends to interpret these things differently I immensely enjoyed seeing the genius of Tolkien’s work. Makes an author tear up.
The plot was a slam dunk. I know that people tend to look down on the old quest storyline, but it’s one of my favorites, as and usual, J. R. R. Tolkien knocks it out of the park.
Like my dad says, “If you can make a 2 to 3 hour movie feel short, you know you’re doing it right.” And I would agree. This movie is paced to perfection. There are no lulls or boring parts and everything is timed perfectly. The ending left me feeling satisfied, but wanting more. I’m not sure how much more you can ask from a trilogy’s first installment.
Boromir and Gandalf’s deaths hit me HARD. The tenderness and tears everyone shared is so rare in modern films. The grief and heartache was so real, so genuine, and so painful it made my heart tear in two.
So, is The Fellowship Of The Ring a smashing success that continues to age like fine wine? Yes, and it always will be.
But, did I like it?
Yes, I did. It wasn’t what I expected. It was darker than I anticipated. The characters weren’t what I imagined. The bad guys had a pure evilness about them that was frightening. But I still loved it.
Have you seen LOTR? How do you feel about it? Who’s your favorite character in The Fellowship of the Ring? (Mine’s probably Aragorn or Frodo.) DID YOU MISS ME??? Talk to me in the comments, you precious beans!