Midnight Showing of The Hobbit – December 14, 2012, Tinseltown

It was a beautiful day for an adventure. 
All the hobbits, wizards and dwarves lined up for one of the most anticipated movie releases of 2012. There was no need to look into the Mirror of Galadriel to be able to see that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was destined for success! The line for three midnight showings filled the entry hall, the foray, and wrapped at least halfway around the building. I was told that the first people in line had been waiting since four o’clock that morning. Talk about commitment.

The place was filled with hipsters, or maybe it just seemed that way because many where dressed like hobbits (They did wear the vests first you know). The most impressive costume in my opinion was a guy who was dressed as the Witch-King of Angmar’s armor (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it was…) completely out of cardboard helmet and all. Still bummed I didn’t get a picture of that one.

The crowd ranged from middle-aged adults to middle school aged kids. Midnight showings always have an eclectic crowd of wonderfully enthusiastic fans. This movie experience did not disappoint. This crowd was super engaged with the story, laughing cheering and being completely silent in all the right parts. And when the credits began to roll everyone was on their feet cheering for more. NOT. Everyone was zonked out; it was three in the morning after all. As everyone started out to their frost covered ponies to begin the long journey home there where many well wishes of “May the road rise up to meet you!” and “may your beard grow ever longer!” and “see you in four hours…uhgg”

As for the movie itself peter Jackson has hit another home run clear into outer space. In fact it may be near the not-planet Pluto by now. In The Unexpected Journey Jackson fused the story line of The Hobbit with bits and pieces from the Appendices to Lord of the Rings, which will make for a very interesting second and third parts to The Hobbit trilogy. The movie followed the story-line of the book pretty well with just a few tweaks to fit in the Appendices storyline, and to make the party’s extended camping trip a bit more action packed.

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