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thomasofrohan
Lorien

Nov 14 2012, 7:34pm

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I respect your opinion, I just don't agree with it at all [In reply to] Can't Post

Nothing about Martin is too "contemporary" for me at all. I don't even understand how you're arriving at your definition of "contemporary" and what makes Freeman fall under it to the point of distraction...his deliveries and mannerisms are perfectly hobbit-esque. What exactly are you seeing that seems too "modern", if you could elaborate? As Bilbo, I suppose Freeman's portrayal would stand out in such a way...Bilbo being, at least from the start, very much a hobbit, the "modern man" compared to the other races in the cast, is part of the character. I see only that, nothing that would make me think "He's from 2012".

From the first glimpses of footage to now, he's simply been Bilbo Baggins - or at least my version of Bilbo Baggins - so unfailingly that I often wonder if Sir Peter didn't actually find a real hobbit after all...


(This post was edited by thomasofrohan on Nov 14 2012, 7:38pm)


Estel78
Tol Eressea

Nov 14 2012, 7:35pm

Post #27 of 142 (1148 views)
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Don't get it... [In reply to] Can't Post

It's perfectly fine if you don't like his acting but i dunno what makes it contemporary.


Estel78
Tol Eressea

Nov 14 2012, 7:36pm

Post #28 of 142 (1076 views)
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Yes. This line is most likely taken from another moment in the film (in Bag End). // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Eleniel
Grey Havens


Nov 14 2012, 7:38pm

Post #29 of 142 (1161 views)
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Underwhelmed... [In reply to] Can't Post

Have to say that this spot didn't do it for me, either...

I blame this mainly on the cutting/editing as others have pointed out..it makes for a disjointed feeling when viewing, and it's hard to judge Freeman's performance fairly when we know the scene will probably not play out exactly like this...


"Choosing Trust over Doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened."
¯ Victoria Monfort






thomasofrohan
Lorien

Nov 14 2012, 7:39pm

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As far as television spots go, which tend to be chaotic, it's fairly well-cut, IMO [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Nov 14 2012, 7:42pm

Post #31 of 142 (1120 views)
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I'm not convinced yet either... [In reply to] Can't Post

but IMO, this at least proves there's more to this Bilbo than "snark". I certainly get what you're saying, having expressed the same concern previously Wink...we'll have to wait to see how he fairs throughout the entire film.

Also IMO, TH in general seems a little flashier, somewhat slicker, a bit more "modern" than LotR...most likely as they made LotR with no demographic in particular in mind, (as Elijah Wood says, it was pretty much the biggest independent film ever), while TH has been designed as a big-budget studio tentpole from the onset, and therefor must be alluring for the most coveted audience - teenagers and young boys. I hope there's a fair amount of the heart, humanity, emotion, and timelessness found in LotR in the new trilogy, and fortunately, Bilbo's speech here suggests that they're at least trying a bit. Smile

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


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thomasofrohan
Lorien

Nov 14 2012, 7:47pm

Post #32 of 142 (1074 views)
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Part of the reason why I loved hearing the full Hobbit score... [In reply to] Can't Post

Is because, creatively, it had everything that made the original trilogy soar to such great heights of heart and timelessness. It's reassuring because I feel that, if PJ was more demographic-conscious this time around, he probably would have directed Shore to give more of an "action" sound to the music...which is not what he did at all.

So I'm reassured that the spirit will remain intact. I don't think PJ, who still prefers to operate in his native New Zealand, has sold out, and he still has the clout to not be pushed around by a demographic-conscious studio.


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Elessar
Valinor


Nov 14 2012, 7:48pm

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Goosebumps [In reply to] Can't Post

That totally have me goosebumps. I think to see plenty of the Bilbo from the book in that bit. He kind of calls out the dwarves saying he's got their back and will help them but that he also misses Bag End. It's obviously not an exact replica there but you get that feel. This I think is going to be another major home run from Jackson and crew.



Estel78
Tol Eressea

Nov 14 2012, 7:49pm

Post #34 of 142 (1056 views)
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I don't think this has anything to do with it. [In reply to] Can't Post

PJ is making the movie he wants to see. I very much doubt he goes by what some demographic might like.


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Also IMO, TH in general seems a little flashier, somewhat slicker, a bit more "modern" than LotR...most likely as they made LotR with no demographic in particular in mind, (as Elijah Wood says, it was pretty much the biggest independent film ever), while TH has been designed as a big-budget studio tentpole from the onset, and therefor must be alluring for the most coveted audience - teenagers and young boys.



Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Nov 14 2012, 7:55pm

Post #35 of 142 (1014 views)
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They're not necessarily mutually exclusive. [In reply to] Can't Post

And no can definitively say what's going on PJ's head (or the studio executives). Perhaps he's making the film he would given no creative stipulations or self-censorship whatsoever...perhaps not.

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


(This post was edited by Captain Salt on Nov 14 2012, 7:59pm)


TheHutt
Gondor


Nov 14 2012, 7:55pm

Post #36 of 142 (1046 views)
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Reminds me of Merry's monologue... [In reply to] Can't Post

...in ROTK SEE, just as Pippin and Gandalf have left for Minas Tirith.

similarly powerful in underlying emotion.

Russian LotR/Hobbit Site:


Henneth-annun.ru - the Russian LOTR site


Azaghâl
Lorien


Nov 14 2012, 7:57pm

Post #37 of 142 (1059 views)
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I think the laugh.. [In reply to] Can't Post

is taken a bit out of context here. It sounds to me like a "oh you don't believe me? But look at this." kinda laugh. Like he's trying to impress in some way.

*Baruk khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!*


thomasofrohan
Lorien

Nov 14 2012, 7:58pm

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Of course not, but I'm speaking from what I've observed... [In reply to] Can't Post

While I can't say what's been said behind closed doors, what I know about PJ - and what I've seen of the production - has me rather confident that he's very much the same director who isn't looking to betray what made his original trilogy of films so creatively rich. He could have done many things differently had he wanted to go down that path...and if there was so much studio pressure, I think it would have been a little more obvious by this point. So far, I'm feeling good.


Estel78
Tol Eressea

Nov 14 2012, 8:04pm

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If he was forced to do something then it's mutually exclusive. [In reply to] Can't Post

My impression is PJ is someone who fights for what he believes in. He did it during LOTR and pretty much always won when NL "gave notes". Now he has the cloud and WB knows that the movies are pretty much sure-fire successes. They let him do his thing down in NZ, i'm pretty sure (as long as he doesn't bust the budget).


(This post was edited by Estel78 on Nov 14 2012, 8:06pm)


Aragorn the Elfstone
Grey Havens


Nov 14 2012, 8:08pm

Post #40 of 142 (1009 views)
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What's really gratifying to see... [In reply to] Can't Post

...is that if Bilbo's speech is part of the final scene of the film - then there will in fact be a proper, emotional resolution in this film.

Something I had been worried about was that in changing this from 2 films to 3, there wouldn't be an ending that resonated on a proper emotional level. I feared that it would feel like the film just stops, as opposed to an ending that felt well scripted.

But if this is the ending of the film, it looks like it will be quite emotional, and mark a real turning point for Bilbo's character and the dwarves' newfound respect for him.

"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence


Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 14 2012, 8:12pm

Post #41 of 142 (994 views)
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Out of curiosity [In reply to] Can't Post

What exactly is contemporary about his acting?

It is entirely possible that we are confusing British wit with "contemporary." Unlike in the books, Frodo was treated by Peter Jackson as a cipher, with barely a personality. The Frodo of the books, and the Bilbo of the books, both have a dry sense of humor.

IMO, Freeman's acting is far more consistent with Tolkien than Wood's. I thank God we are not getting anymore "deer in the headlights" hobbits this time around.

Lastly, Bilbo should seem more modern than the rest of the cast, because that is how he was drawn by Tolkien. He is an anachronism in Middle Earth, as are all hobbits. He's a bourgeois Edwardian bon vivant living in an archaic world.

Freeman seems to be capturing that perfectly.


(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Nov 14 2012, 8:21pm)


Bombadil
Half-elven


Nov 14 2012, 8:20pm

Post #42 of 142 (911 views)
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I can't get FB to play it. Is there another Link? [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Lauryn
Bree

Nov 14 2012, 8:23pm

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Youtube link from earlier in the thread [In reply to] Can't Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxrW2T1F8KA


Dipling
Rivendell

Nov 14 2012, 8:23pm

Post #44 of 142 (905 views)
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Youtube [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.youtube.com/...ed&v=8CY4rS3XyeA


Aragorn the Elfstone
Grey Havens


Nov 14 2012, 8:23pm

Post #45 of 142 (895 views)
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Here you go... [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.youtube.com/...8KA&feature=plcp

"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence


Lissuin
Tol Eressea


Nov 14 2012, 8:23pm

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YouTube link [In reply to] Can't Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxrW2T1F8KA


Lissuin
Tol Eressea


Nov 14 2012, 8:24pm

Post #47 of 142 (891 views)
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We've all got your back, Bomby!// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


grinman
Rivendell


Nov 14 2012, 8:26pm

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me too [In reply to] Can't Post

Could one of you... maybe just one... post a link to a youtube video or something? Thanks.

Wink


Shelob'sAppetite
Valinor

Nov 14 2012, 8:29pm

Post #49 of 142 (919 views)
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Goblin King throne and foot at 0:10 [In reply to] Can't Post

You can see the throne on the right side of the frame, and it does indeed seem to be fashioned from a bed.

Also, you can see one of the King's large feet on the ground (bottom right) so he may have been killed by this point, hopefully by Gandalf (whose hat you can see in the same frame)!


(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Nov 14 2012, 8:30pm)


grinman
Rivendell


Nov 14 2012, 8:32pm

Post #50 of 142 (879 views)
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You said it! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was just gonna say "nuh uh!"

You said it much better than I could have! Of all the things to be leery of, MF's acting is not on MY radar. In fact, he and Armitage are the two (new) characters that I have the least trepidation about.

While we're on the subject, I understand being cautious about hopes and expectations. What I don't understand is picking apart something with the hopes of finding something not to like. I, as much as anyone here, love The Hobbit and LOTR. I WANT to love these films!! I have high expectations that I will not temper. If the films don't meet my expectations fully, I'll be slightly dissappointed. It would take a LOT for me to flat-out hate them. It would take a lot for me to even not like them. I find things in LOTR that annoy me, but my overall experience is still wonderful. I fully expect The Hobbit films to at least be that good. If not, then I'll be very dissappointed... but that judgement will certainly come AFTER viewing (probably multiple times and probably after the final trilogy film).

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