eleanorjane: Elwood Blues, staring out his bedroom window at the L. (pensive)
Well, I just got home from the Annual Traditional Boxing Day Watching Of The Middle-Earth Movie - on this occasion, the third Hobbit movie.

thoughts: )
eleanorjane: Joan Watson, looking awesome. (Default state.) (my dear watson)
I am home, Internets! I had a lovely Christmas with my family (now with bonus Chris!) and it was generally relaxing, apart from the actual travel portion, thankyou holiday traffic. (That thankyou was a lie.)

Things are back to normal now - Chris is back to working from the office again, which means I have the house to myself during the day, which means I can be productive again. (Chris working home was entirely lovely, but it was way too easy to distract myself with his presence. :)) I have a looot to catch up on, so it'll be valuable.

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I saw The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug at the cinema on Boxing Day with Chris and my dad. Thoughts behind the cut: mildly spoilery. )

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Other than that, I got a lovely Elementary story for Yuletide:

1, 2, 3, 4, tell me what you're looking for (1180 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Summary:

otherwise known as: 10 moments from Joan Watson's new life as a consulting detective, with occasional guest stars.



Entirely recommended. Thankyou, thankyou, mystery author!

I have not done any other Yuletide reading yet, apart from two or three recs of the "drop everything and read this" variety. I hope to rectify this soon!

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And finally, I owe one more post for the December talking meme, but I am behind on things, and it still needs a bit of thought to articulate what I mean to say, so I shall leave that for next post. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So, I finally saw The Hobbit on Saturday night.

I liked it more than I was expecting to, given how much I disliked Jackson's LotR trilogy. I really only had three quibbles - one story-based, two staging-based.

1) Story-based: I felt they got the Gandalf/Galadriel dynamic wrong. He was way too subservient to her; it went too far past respect, I felt. He's not answerable to her, and the movie implied that he was. (He was, on the other hand, answerable to Saruman, and I really liked Saruman here. Well played.)

2) Staging-based: I felt the Heroic Manly Slo-Mo Staring Meaningfully Into The Middle Distance went on slightly too long, pretty much every time it happened. The slo-mo was just a bit too slo.

3) Staging-based: I get that Thorin and Kili are meant to be the poster boys and thus can't be "ugly" like the other dwarves (although seriously, Fili was hot), but I found their undwarfyness totally distracting. Thorin was at least semi-passable from some angles, what with the rather statesman-like nose and all, but Kili was far, far too undwarfy-looking. Hot like burning, yes, but jarringly *not* dwarven. (Though oddly, I didn't find James Nesbitt's au naturel look as Bofur nearly as jarring, possibly because his hat was so compelling I couldn't look at anything else.)

Other than those points, I didn't really have any complaints. It was long, but I never looked at my watch; I liked most of the incorporation of extraneous material (I did think Radagast was a bit too comical and didn't command enough respect, but on the other hand, bunny sledge ftw); the scenery was gorgeous; and the set design was, as always, glorious. Erebor in particular was awesome (and felt very familiar to anyone who's played LotRO, I think!). The 3D really paid off there, I must say.

Other than that, I have only one real thing to say: FUCK YEAH DWARVES.

I love the dwarves so much. I want to take all of them home and feed them and have them do my dishes and sing me songs. FUCK YEAH, DWARVES.

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