I admit there are many movies that I love so much, I’ll watch them over and over and over. I’ve probably seen Pride & Prejudice more than a hundred times. Dances With Wolves used to be practically a yearly event in my house. Every time I happen to see The Shawshank Redemption on TV, I will watch it, even though I own it and have seen it countless times already. There are some flicks I just can’t get enough of. Which is why I understand those people out there who will pay theater prices to see a previously released movie again, now re-released in 3D. Unlike my co-blogger, Titanic isn’t one such film for me, but I thought I’d share with you one film I adore so much, I wouldn’t think twice about paying to see it in the theater again, even without the added 3D visuals. For me, each of the Lord Of The Rings films was so magical, so awe-inspiring up on the big screen, I’m sure I’d pay $10 to experience each of them all over again. In particular, The Fellowship of the Ring. I remember so vividly sitting in the theater, watching the Uruk-hai (those orc/human hybrid things) coming down that leaf-covered hill in the woods and literally sinking in my seat. They were fearsome, so intimidating, I felt like if I’d have been standing beside Pippin, I would have dug a fucking hole in the earth just to make myself disappear.
And how I all but choked on the emotion following the fall of Gandalf, watching as the hobbits cried atop those mountainous rocks amidst the gorgeous backdrop of lush green forest – Jesus, that was intense.
More than anything, I loved the brief glimpse of Gollum, nothing but his humongous reflective eyes in the shadowy cave. Gollum may just be my favorite character ever written. I got chills at that little glimpse and could not wait for The Two Towers to get a good, proper look at him.
I feel that same anticipation now for The Hobbit. In fact, at the end of the first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when I heard Gollum’s hissy voice, chills ran up my back. I. LOVE. GOLLUM. I doubt I’ll ever get to see The Fellowship Of The Ring on the big screen again, but it’s hard to feel too bad about that with Jackson’s upcoming adaption of The Hobbit looming ahead. Seeing Riddles In The Dark adapted on screen is sure to be one of the greatest moments in cinematic history, especially with Martin Freeman playing Bilbo and Andy Serkis reprising his utterly perfect version of that wicked little creature.