I have not been to the movies in a very long time. At least, it feels that way because I can not remember the last time I sat in a theater. I’ve watched plenty of films on DVD or streaming on my computer. I just haven’t found any movie compelling me to spend the money. Of course, it’s not the ticket price alone; popcorn, slushy drinks, and candy are essential (though unhealthy) especially when I’ve got my daughters with me. So, I am particularly torn in my anticipation of two films arriving later this year: Peter Jackson’s take on The Hobbit and Pixar’s Brave.
I grew up reading the illustrated version of The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins and his adventures were a thrill and beautifully visualized in that book. I fondly recall the animated translation as well. After seeing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I am more than confident thie new take will capture the imaginative flair that Tolkien intended. I am eager to share this experience with my daughters.
I also think that they will appreciate the curiosity, confusion, and courage portrayed by Merida, the protagonist of Brave. She will possibly represent a next step in the evolution of female heroes in the Disney Princess Pantheon. There is no evidence in what I seen so far that she will face her dilemmas without any special reliance on a male counterpart; her own wits, skills, and daring will have to suffice.
I suppose I will have to break my unofficial streak of absence from the cinema. The movies are magical. I loved these kinds of adventures when I was younger and their wonder is best enjoyed while sitting in the dark awash in giant-sized light and story. Now that I have found films worth the cost, I only have to wait six months for one and the entire year for the other. A lot of time to use Netflix.
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