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What's your favorite moment from AUJ?
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Roheryn
Grey Havens

Jan 8 2013, 11:36pm

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What's your favorite moment from AUJ? Can't Post

Better yet, share a couple: what's your favorite funny part, and what's your favorite anything-else part? And why? Share a couple if you can't choose.

My two favorite funny parts: Bofur's line about "crochet" being a good game -- "if you've got the balls for it" (wouldn't he be fun to hang out with at a party?), and the laundry hung up to dry behind the dwarves' bonfire in Rivendell. The laundry makes me giggle because it shows the Dwarves' complete irreverence for their surroundings.

My favorite other moment: there's a lot of Thorin-moments to choose from. My favorite right now is his smile at Kili when he enters Bag End; it's such a warm smile for someone he clearly cares about. Favorite non-Thorin moment: when we first see inside Erebor and we see the long stone walkway leading to Thror's seat, with Thrain and Thorin at his side: we get an amazing sense of the grandeur and majesty of the Dwarf-kingdom. Breathtaking; I had never imagined Erebor to be grand on that scale, and it was spectacular.

So, c'mon: what are your favorite moments in the movie?


Kimtc
Rohan

Jan 8 2013, 11:44pm

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I know a lot of people hate this one, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm a sucker for the Thorin-walking-down-to-fight-Azog moment. Sorry, just am.

I also love Balin telling Bilbo that Sting is more like a letter opener. His timing and Freeman's reaction are priceless.


ashonmytomatoes
Bree


Jan 8 2013, 11:51pm

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Thorin's look at Kili! I'll have to check that out next time. Thorin and Kili are in a funny bit I like. When Kili says, in the Troll scene that he doesn't have parasites, then Thorin boots him and he gets it and says he has parasites.

For funny, Bofur's "if you have the balls for it" definitely made me laugh, too. I also liked "furnace with wings" from him. "Crack the Plates" was great. Ooooh, Balin and Dwalin butting heads!

Other moments. For a non-Thorin moment, Bofur's "all the luck in the world" talk with Bilbo was very nice. I know it is a controversial scene for some people but I loved Gandalf's body language and facial expression after Galadriel vanishes.

Thorin...The famous Thorin hug, of course, and his entrance into Bag End. Also, that look he gives Thror in the Erebor prologue. I keep saying I believe Kili will end up giving Thorin such a look.

/Gotta go or I'll think of more...


Jim
Rivendell


Jan 8 2013, 11:51pm

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Every minute of the Prologue, its up there with the FotR one.
The Pity of Bilbo scene, beautifully acted, initially you actually feel Bilbo is going to strike.
The Nature Reclamation theme when the Moth returns to Gandalf and seeing all the Eagles swooping down taking out the wargs/orcs and picking up the company.


Joe20
Lorien


Jan 8 2013, 11:51pm

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"Take up arms. Fight. FIGHT!!" [In reply to] Can't Post

Gandalf turning up in Goblin Town. The flash of light, Gandalf as a black silhouette (while the opening from radagasts theme plays), then the rousing Hobbit theme song as they all start fighting.


Ataahua
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Jan 8 2013, 11:54pm

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Favourite comedic moment [In reply to] Can't Post

Bilbo playing for time with the trolls. Freeman's comedic timing is beautiful and his cheeky "Well..." is perfect. :)

I also love it when Bilbo is asking Gandalf about Radagast: "Is he a powerful wizard, or is he more like you?"

Favourite non-comedy moment: Thorin walking off the burning pine tree with the Moria music behind him. Second: Bilbo facing off with Gollum, demanding to be shown the way out. He has his sword extended, then appears to forget he's holding one and dips it down, then quickly raises it again. Bilbo is flustered and frightened but he's trying to be brave!

Favourite landscape: When the company is in the highlands and is crossing from tussock into snow - there appears to be a fault-line in the middle that is almost the dividing point.

Favourite location: Pre-dragon Erebor. The scale is breathtaking, and you can tell that the designers of Erebor and Moria came from the same cultural stock.

Favourite costume: Thorin's. I love the leather and fur detail.

Favourite CGI: Gollum, resting his chin on a rock, trying to think his way through an early riddle. The natural-looking detail is superb. (I caught a bit of TTT on TV last week, and Gollum looks much, much better in AUJ!)

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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ryouko
Lorien

Jan 8 2013, 11:54pm

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I love it too!! ^_^ [In reply to] Can't Post


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I'm a sucker for the Thorin-walking-down-to-fight-Azog moment. Sorry, just am.

I also love Balin telling Bilbo that Sting is more like a letter opener. His timing and Freeman's reaction are priceless.


I love the song the Dwarves sing while they're flinging Bilbo's dishes around.

Ori trying to look menacing and tough while throwing down his slingshot.

Pretty much any scene with Bofur, especially the touching scene where he bids Bilbo farewell.


Aragalen the Green
Gondor


Jan 8 2013, 11:57pm

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A couple of my favorite moments [In reply to] Can't Post

The gold and jewels and treasure swirling and flowing like a powerful great flood after Smaug has taken Erebor.

Balin embracing Dwalin and weeping after the Battle of Azanulbizar.

" Well well!", said a voice. "Just look! Bilbo the hobbit on a pony, my dear! Isn't it delicious!"
"Most astonishing wonderful!"


dungolfin
The Shire

Jan 8 2013, 11:58pm

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The singing of... [In reply to] Can't Post

'Misty Mountains' by Thorin and co. Loved it in the trailer, loved it in the film. Just wish it was a bit longer...


batik
Tol Eressea


Jan 9 2013, 12:05am

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a new location: Erebor---quite grand! That sweeping view was sigh-inspiring;
more Eagles! also sigh-inspiring;
Martin Freeman's so very well played moments as Bilbo choosing to NOT strike Gollum with Sting;
Elrond on a horse! I didn't expect that and the surprise of seeing Elrond Mostly-Grumpy ride up and not grimace was very nice.
Most of the "silly" humor (not the snot!) ---especially Ori's inquiry about chips.


Roheryn
Grey Havens

Jan 9 2013, 12:05am

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He smiles at someone off-camera... [In reply to] Can't Post

...just after he enters Bag End -- then Kili walks onscreen, and you realize that lovely warm smile was for Kili. (He then hands Kili his cloak -- nephews are good for something!).


Kelly of Water's Edge
Lorien

Jan 9 2013, 12:07am

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My Favorites [In reply to] Can't Post

Funny Scene: Bilbo's increasing dismay as he reads the list of things that could happen to him before signing up to join Thorin's party

Scenery: The first view of Erebor..

Tense Scene: The whole Riddles in the Dark scene was perfectly nailed.

Moving Scene: Bilbo's simple explanation near the end about why he'll stand with the Dwarves.


Starling
Half-elven


Jan 9 2013, 12:10am

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Surely he says croquet [In reply to] Can't Post

not crochet?
Or is this another one of those weird crochet gags? Crazy


Roheryn
Grey Havens

Jan 9 2013, 12:17am

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If I remember right... [In reply to] Can't Post

no one actually says "croquet". Bilbo says of the doiley that he just grabbed from someone that it's crochet; Bofur overhears and says approximately "Aye, that's a good game -- if you've got the balls for it."


Aragalen the Green
Gondor


Jan 9 2013, 12:17am

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Bilbo says "crotchet" [In reply to] Can't Post

which Bofur cheerfully misinterprets!

" Well well!", said a voice. "Just look! Bilbo the hobbit on a pony, my dear! Isn't it delicious!"
"Most astonishing wonderful!"


entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 9 2013, 12:22am

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Gosh, I have so many favorites [In reply to] Can't Post

it's hard to choose. One moment I saw the first time, and I look for every time since, is Bilbo twiddling his thumbs at Bag-End while the dwarves talk about their quest. He is clearly uncomfortable and nervous. This is one of those small moments that a really great actor will just do, without being told. Martin Freeman, to me, just GETS Bilbo. Stalking down the hall when he refuses the quest, creeping around the house the next morning, expecting the dwarves around every corner, stopping the company as if it's perfectly natural to turn around to retrieve his handkerchiefs, all of that is pure Bilbo.

There's a number of Bilbo moments. The resigned look on his face, right at the end, when he thinks that Thorin is about to tear into him AGAIN. He just wants to get through the tirade. Then the complete surprise when Thorin hugs him. At first, Bilbo doesn't know what to do with his hands - should he hug back? But by te end, he's hugging Thorin unreservedly. I just love that.

The dwarves are really great. I can tell that the actors have bonded - it's apparent in their interactions. I love the moment between Dwalin and Balin over the blue cheese. Priceless.

Gollum is so spot-on. His facial expressions while working out the riddles is just perfect.

I love Dale, and Erebor, and Thror's beard jewelry. And that last moment, when Smaug opens his eye, I'm braced for a big TA-DA! of music and/or special effects, but instead we hear almost nothing. The subtlety of that moment makes it even more powerful.


batik
Tol Eressea


Jan 9 2013, 12:22am

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balls of wood, balls of yarn--those may splinter, these may darn...// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Fredeghar Wayfarer
Lorien


Jan 9 2013, 12:22am

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That was the point [In reply to] Can't Post

Bilbo says crochet, Bofur mishears it as croquet, then Bilbo misinterprets "if you've got the balls for it."

Anyhow, my favorite moments were the "Misty Mountains" and "Blunt the Knives" songs. So perfect. "Riddles in the Dark" was also excellent, especially Andy Serkis' delivery of "String...or NOTHING!"


Starling
Half-elven


Jan 9 2013, 12:31am

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Thanks all [In reply to] Can't Post

Of course - I was remembering the misinterpretation, rather than the actual word that was spoken, which lead to the joke.
My memory for details is not great, since I have only seen The Hobbit twice.
Unlike some around here who have probably worn holes in theatre seats by now...Sly
In which case, some crochet might be in order...


Aragalen the Green
Gondor


Jan 9 2013, 12:35am

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You are lucky to have seen it twice. [In reply to] Can't Post

I still have only seen it once, and looks like the opportunity for more viewings is almost over. But oh boy, what a once!!!! Little things keep coming back to me from the movie, usually prompted by others comments (like yours :). I am so looking forward to the DVD!

" Well well!", said a voice. "Just look! Bilbo the hobbit on a pony, my dear! Isn't it delicious!"
"Most astonishing wonderful!"


dave_lf
Gondor

Jan 9 2013, 12:58am

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Balin/Thorin conversation in Bag End starting with "it appears we have lost our burglar" [In reply to] Can't Post

 Also enjoy Bilbo's wordless relief-cum-disappointment when he finds his home empty in the morning.


(This post was edited by dave_lf on Jan 9 2013, 12:59am)


Kassandros
Rohan


Jan 9 2013, 1:01am

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Funny: Really hard to choose as there are so many and they are often quick and subtle. The humor in AUJ definitely beats the humor in the LOTR movies. How about I go with the owl hooting scene? Kili and Fili deliver the idea very earnestly and Bilbo's reaction is priceless. I could name many other small moments though - Gandalf's look when he catches his bag of coins, the entire Good Morning scene, which has had mee just about falling out of my seat each time, and the look between Gandalf and Galadriel when he tells her that the Dwarves have already left.

Emotional: Bilbo wakes up, having firmly made his choice to not go on any adventures and embrace his very solid and very boring middle-class British lifestyle.... and finds his home, his heart, and his life completely empty. Haunting.

Scenery: Everyone seems to be saying this, but I gotta agree: first look at Classical Erebor, beginning with the camera panning down to the front gate and then when we see inside. Nice tease before we get to see much of the action of the next two movies taking place here.

Action: Radagast at Dol Guldur, oddly enough. I felt very emotionally connected to and scared for Radagast. Almost all of the battle scenes the dwarves were involved in felt underwhelming. Not sure why. The escape from Goblintown was probably the worst for me. I haven't been engaged by it either time and I'm mostly just waiting for it to end.

Chilling: Riddles in the Dark. The whole thing. This movie will never get awards consideration and this isn't the type of movie or performance that gets attention, but Martin Freeman is just amazingly good as Bilbo. Andy Serkis is just as good as he was in LotR, which is saying quite a lot because Gollum doesn't have nearly the arc he does in that movie. And yet there are so many subtleties in this scene. Two great actors completely inhabiting two fascinating characters. This is the kind of thing that elevates the medium.

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...


Kimtc
Rohan

Jan 9 2013, 1:02am

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Yes, much too short! Strange that so many people are song haters.. [In reply to] Can't Post


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'Misty Mountains' by Thorin and co. Loved it in the trailer, loved it in the film. Just wish it was a bit longer...



Ataahua
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Jan 9 2013, 1:03am

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About Bilbo... [In reply to] Can't Post

the utter vulnerability he reveals when he says, "Do you promise I will come back?" is heart-breaking. I love that Freeman was near tears during that scene: Bilbo is genuinely frightened, and his brave facade is failing.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Kassandros
Rohan


Jan 9 2013, 1:11am

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Gandalf's "No" is also great. [In reply to] Can't Post

You can tell he wants to be honest, but finds it difficult to tell Bilbo this.

I'm just going to point out that PJ&Co are really, really, really good at casting and getting the most out of their actors.

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...

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