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The Geek Life: Hobbit Time
Fears, IMAX, and buying toys
By Robert T. Trate
December 05, 2012
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life gets ready for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
By my own opening statement, I am already going against the grain of what the Geek Life is about. Yet, as much as I like to write about other things, I can’t deny the impact of The Hobbit. Here it is, just days away and I am trying to contain my excitement and exorcise my fears. I know that many of you already have your tickets. This week I wanted to address a few things as we get ready to either ride the perfect wave to the Undying Lands or brace ourselves for Hurricane Hobbit.
Fear and Trepidation
I even hate to address it, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey could be this generation’s Episode 1. It probably has crossed your mind already, but what if it sucks? Obviously, the film will not meet the expectations of everyone who sees it. The story is smaller and not all encompassing like The Lord of the Rings. Yet, perhaps, that was the problem with the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Perhaps it was too big of a tale? Regardless, I sit here reminding myself of how I felt about The Fellowship of the Ring before I actually saw it. It looked good and something I wanted to discover. I picked up the book and familiarized myself with as much as I could without spoiling anything. The problem, now, is I am extremely familiar with the world that Tolkien created.
Buying is on Hold. I’m Not Some Blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle.
Already, the toys are everywhere. There are tons of books about the production and those damn maps of Middle Earth have returned. It probably doesn’t help either that I follow Weta on Facebook and get emails from them about new products they are releasing. Peter Jackson made me a fan of The Lord of the Rings so, naturally, all that goes into that world catches my eye. However, I remember buying tons of figures at a midnight sale, buying a novelization, and having every damn happy meal that was put out there. When that midnight show was over, I had tons of crap that all I wanted to do with was burn. No, I am not buying Hobbit stuff until after I see the movie. I will not Episode 1 my entire house again (really, you should have seen the bathroom).
Sadly, I am not near any theater that allows you to buy your seat ahead of time. This is a Los Angeles thing and one of the few things I do miss. Having a nice dinner and then heading to my seat would be great. However, this time, with my pre-purchased ticket, I am off to see The Hobbit at the local IMAX Theater. I will be arriving early to get where I like to sit and not be forced to watch The Hobbit at a crooked angle. This means I have to pack for the long haul, about 4 hours of waiting. Here are a few things I will be bringing:
iPhone and iPhone Charger - for texting, tweeting, and Facebooking. People will probably dress up and the excitement is going to be worth sharing.
iPod - loaded with the complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as the expanded Hobbit soundtrack. All right, I did buy at least one Hobbit thing. I loved Howard Shore’s music before, so what are a few more pieces even if the movie blows Balrog.
Poster Tube - which I hope will successfully carry home my IMAX exclusive poster(s).
The Hobbit Novel - nothing like cramming before the exam. I tried reading The Lord of the Rings and couldn’t get through it. Yes, I know I had three years to read all the books. I got to the point where I didn’t want the cinematic experience to be ruined by what was on the written page. I stopped reading “The Hobbit” a few weeks ago. Pagewise, I am at about the same place where I stopped on the “Fellowship of the Ring”. I see that as a good sign.
Home is behind you, the world ahead...
The Lord of the Rings was one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Now, with its prequel about to be born, I have to fight that nagging feeling that its legacy could all turn to ruin. Perhaps I have to remember that there is some good in this world and it’s Peter Jackson taking us back to it.