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12 April 2008 @ 01:54 pm
Trust my judgement, man!  
So, getting Mum to watch movies she doesn't think she'll like is comparable to pulling teeth. Every time this happens -- and by this, I mean, me knowing a film beforehand and trying to get her to sit down and watch it -- she ends up loving it. In fact, quite a few of her favourite films became so because of me pushing her to watch them.

I got her to sit down and watch the first Harry Potter movie, reminding her the whole time that it's an introductory movie aimed at younger audiences and that as the series progresses, they mature and darken and more of the story is revealed bit by bit. But obviously if you don't watch that first movie, the second one makes all kinds of assumptions about you knowing the universe already, and so on. It's just obviously a linear series and I didn't want to have to pause every five minutes to explain terminology and history. ANYWAY.

We sat down to watch it, and the whole time I'm thinking, oh man, this part is so cheesy, oh man, their acting is so bad and so I occasionally interject, "THEY'RE LITTLE AND NEW TO ACTING, but they get better!" And blah blah. Finally, after it finishes, she kind of goes, "well, that was good! I would have loved it as a kid!" So I think aww, yeah. It was too young. Maybe it turned her off the rest of them. Then again, I only asked her to watch until they got to the school, and she was gripped enough that she didn't ask me to turn it off. She would have, usually. Hmm.

So. Today I go down, and Mum pokes me while I am eating my cereal and says, "so uh... we should watch that with your father tonight. I think he'd really enjoy it, and it's much better than the bad CGI rubbish we've been watching lately. Actually, it's much better than I thought it would be overall. I'd like to watch it again and make sure I catch everything, anyway... and then we can watch the next one! I want to see what happens. ... Yeah, I'm hooked, even with all the snakes." (My Mum has a real phobia of snakes, she can't even handle rubber ones... or CGI ones, apparently XD)

... Hilarious. Once again, I TRIUMPH! I wonder if I could get her to sit through LOTR with us. She'd probably enjoy it just for the hobbits (and Aragorn because she and I are agreed that Viggo is an absolute artist, excellent to watch and not hard on the eyes at all) and the suspense factor. But one epic series at a time. Besides, 12 hours of movie. 12 hours. That will take some coaxing and gradual digestion, even for Dad! Still, I found the extended ones had a much more enjoyable flow and seemed far more enjoyable than the original theatrical versions. Maybe because it felt overall more familiar because of how much more of the story made it in, but the end of The Return of the King still bothers me. I don't understand why scenes were randomly lost in slow motion/dreamy effects or why it bounced around so much or why we didn't get to hear about how everyone and everything else went when there was time and it would have made the end smoother. Still, it wasn't bad, and I was happy to see more screen time devoted to characters that hardly surfaced in the original cuts. Like Faramir and Eowyn. D'aw.

This does mean I am looking forward to The Hobbit movie. Just a little worried about the sequel, the "bridge" movie. The Hobbit was always more dear to me than LOTR so it better be as good. Considering how I loved the animated version, though, it will probably do well, and have less irritating bard moments! ... Hopefully.
Mood: amusedamused
Music: Gollum's Song : Two Towers OST
嵐の狼arashinoookami on April 12th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
My mother has actually read all of the Harry Potter books, and I haven't! XD
TASHmanian devil: den & ryo // srsly?robotalarm on April 22nd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Ha, go figure. XD
Kashtamerai_shuffle on April 12th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)

Okay, so that wasn't The Hobbit... but it sticks in my head anyway.

Yeah, I couldn't get into the Harry Potter books... but I can watch the movies with no trouble. Just need to catch up on those too. >_
TASHmanian devil: tetsu // ni.robotalarm on April 22nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
... Oh, I fucking hate you now. XD I AM GOING TO HAVE THAT SONG IN MY HEAD FOR AGES.
Kashtamerai_shuffle on April 22nd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)

Okay, that made no sense, but it deserved a nice reply.