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Reuel
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Feb 24, 5:15pm


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The other thing is that Tolkien, with genuine artistry, gets across the way that Bilbo's senses are sharpened as he emerges from the haze of Mirkwood. "A dark dark velvety black" is the brilliant touch of a real writer (it sounds like DH Lawrence, actually) that describes both the hard-to-capture colouring of the butterflies (a 'dark dark black' - nonsensical, but you know what he's getting at) and the sudden specificity of Bilbo's perceptions, like he's just woken from a smog - which he has. Not only that, it communicates Bilbo's Hobbity love of nature (the awareness of the habitats of Purple Emperors) and gives you a subliminal pang of homesickness on his behalf (that's Shire knowledge) and also (with the brilliant use of the word 'love' - "a butterfly that loves the top of oak trees") gives a more general sense of the rightness of nature in comparison to down below in Mirkwood. It's a terrfic and emotional Tolkien moment, like seeing Cerin Amroth. It's also one of the great moments of Bilbo's life, one of the sights he'll never forget.

In other words, this one shot exemplifies the (to me disastrous) shortcomings of the over-CGIed approach. The feeling you want is of liberation from a suffocating and sickly spell, and it would be the perfect place to move from the CGI/studio-bound Mirkwood to the greater clarity, the real air, of a location shot. But I think things have gone so far by now that that would've been too risky - the CGI interior and an actual canopy of an actual forest might clash badly. So yeah, teal and orange etc etc... when it could and should (after all, it's basically been storyboarded for you - bright light, Bilbo blinks, extreme-close-up of butterfly, the strange beauty of it, extreme close-up of Martin Freeman: the relief) have been the best shot, even moment of the whole movie. It's not terrible, it's just a missed opportunity.

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The butterflies above the forest canopy scene BalrogTrainer Send a private message to BalrogTrainer Feb 22, 3:26pm
    in the book book Gandalf Send a private message to book Gandalf Feb 22, 3:43pm
    It's a homage to the book QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Feb 22, 3:50pm
        Nice one, Quacking Troll! Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Feb 22, 4:46pm
        I like the cut of your jib :} Crunchable Birdses Send a private message to Crunchable Birdses Feb 22, 8:15pm
    The book... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Feb 22, 4:03pm
        There's a book? Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Feb 22, 4:48pm
    It is actually... Lost Hobbit Send a private message to Lost Hobbit Feb 22, 4:03pm
        It is in the book... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 22, 5:24pm
            Color in DOS changes with each format Elarie Send a private message to Elarie Feb 22, 5:51pm
                I hope to see it in 2D Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 22, 7:46pm
            I believe the colors... arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 22, 7:00pm
                oh, I'm sure they weren't supposed to have been green, as well. Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 22, 7:39pm
                    Oh, sorry! arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 22, 7:51pm
                        yeah. Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 22, 10:41pm
    It's in the book iduna Send a private message to iduna Feb 22, 5:44pm
    I think that a lot of the similarities could easily be explained Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 22, 7:53pm
    It could have been meant as a tribute to both. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 22, 11:06pm
        The key thing about that scene in the book Bumblingidiot Send a private message to Bumblingidiot Feb 23, 12:33am
            I think what it says now Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Feb 23, 3:19am
                And of course in the book, they misread things Bumblingidiot Send a private message to Bumblingidiot Feb 23, 3:54pm
                    Gotta agree with Magpie Reuel Send a private message to Reuel Feb 24, 3:24pm
                        re: the link Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 24, 3:59pm
                            Thanks Magpie Reuel Send a private message to Reuel Feb 24, 5:15pm

 
 
 

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