January 3rd, 2014

fangirls, SG-1

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaaaaauuuuug (a review)

In the middle of Fairbanks, was a theater where the Hobbit played.

It is, perhaps, a bit of a stretch to say the middle of Fairbanks, since it is the mostly historical district by the river that is generally agreed to be downtown, but the road with the theater was one of the most traveled in Fairbanks, with a vast selection of fast food across the four lanes of traffic (eight, if one counts the two frontage roads). It wasn't the nicest theater, either - with its noisy arcade and sticky floors, and its concession counter with lines that were staggeringly slow. Once you had finally shuffled to the front of the line (peeling your shoes off the floor at each step), they charged $11.25 for a small soda and a bag full of popcorn that was so caustic with salt it felt like pepper on dry lips.

It was, however, the only theater in town, unless you count the bar with the room that converts to a theater with a few dozen airline seats and half-rate sound. (The food at the latter is vastly better and cheaper, and the addition of beer to the menu recommends it greatly.)

At the theater in the middle of Fairbanks... what is the Hobbit? I suppose this movie needs a little explanation, since it so little resembles the book, having already been stretched from a single book into three lengthy dramas, with the movie as presented for review being the second. There is a Bilbo, and a motley crew of dwarves of copious facial hair (though rather less than I had always imagined, particularly in the case of the youngest of them) on a Quest that does slightly resemble the original tome. And there is a dragon, who makes it into the title of this installment of video entertainment, but he does not make an appearance until nearly the end of the movie, and the actors manage to make his name into several syllables rather than keeping it to a word like the air quality of China, as this reader had always imagined it.

But, it was a good movie. And spoilers do follow, as they usually do in such reviews.

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