By pure happenstance and thanks to Twitter (oh Twitter how I love you), I found out that there was a screening tonight for the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Can you believe it has been 10 years since Fellowship came out? That is amazing to me. I am of course a big fan of the films and it was great to see the extended cut in the theater. Here are some random thoughts I had during the movie.
1. We are so lucky that someone like Peter Jackson made this movie. He had an introductory clip in the beginning talking about it and it really seems like it was just meant to be for him to make these films. Fate. We are so lucky that it didn't get made in traditional Hollywood fashion. That it wasn't even made in Hollywood. The amount of detail they put into it is incredible and it shows a great love and caring. Things that wouldn't necessarily be picked up on screen but that made a difference to the actors and to the authenticity of the world.
2. There was an audible ooo and ahhh when Legolas first appeared. I'm an Aragorn girl myself.
3. The music. Oh the music with that beautiful boy soprano soaring over the scenes. Howard Shore was inspired when he wrote this music.
4. I leaned forward in my seat in anticipation of my favorite scene from the movie and one of my favorite of all the movies, the first big battle in the mines of Moria. When I was watching it tonight I was taken back to the first time I saw it with all the dizzying action and battle scenes. It was so overwhelming and visceral.
5. Also in Moria when Gandalf and Frodo are talking there were two things from Gandalf that struck a memory from 10 years ago. Gandalf tells Frodo:
Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.
and when Frodo says he wished he wasn't mixed up with the ring:
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
These two moments struck me hard 10 years ago because this movie was released just three months after the September 11th attack. When you go back and read them again with that context in mind they are powerful statements to someone struggling to understand and process what happened. They resonated with me 10 years ago and the memory echoed today.
6. The audience wasn't too bad although an older man with a line of teenagers sat next to me and he was distracting. He kept shifting in his seat every minute. After eating he cleared his throat every minute for 10 minutes straight and I was afraid he was going to do it through the whole movie. Thankfully he stopped. Also the sound of someone trying to scrounge the last bit of popcorn out of their bucket is really loud. I am realizing I am very ADD when it comes to movies. I'm very easily distracted.
7. The last thing, a funny moment, when the credits rolled someone said loudly "see you next week." Next week they will be showing The Two Towers. I already have my ticket. The week after that they will be showing Return of the King. I will be in Panama so will have to miss that one, but I'm so glad I had the chance to see LOTR in the theaters again. It is truly an experience.