Of Avengers and Moving Castles

I’ve been thinking about books and movies that I enjoy. You know how you have different moods and sometimes you feel like reading/watching one sort of book or movie, and other times they just don’t “sound good”?

Well, I have come to the conclusion that there is one book that I always want to read and one movie that I always want to watch.

I don’t think this necessarily means they are my “favorite” (since I think The Lord of the Rings probably takes that place for both books and film).

But this book and this movie, they are my comfort-food. My happy place. Stories and characters that I never tire of and am always happy to re-visit. I always feel like I’d like to dive back into them.

That One Book and That One Movie

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For books, it’s Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, which I reread this month for the third time and loved even more than ever.

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Thanks for that reassurance, Howl…

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For movies, it’s The Avengers, which I rewatched last night for the gajillionth time.

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Yeah, guys; you’re totally shocked, I know…

What is it about these two works? I don’t really know. All I know is I enjoy them immensely and even when I don’t feel like anything else, I feel like devouring them all over again.

They’re both extremely different. But they both have a good dose of humor, fabulous dialog, and casts of characters that I love intensely.

Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl is of course one of my favorite characters of all time and he’s hilarious and awesome. But I love the rest of the cast as well: fiery Sophie, literally-fiery Calcifer, helpful/adorable Michael, etc…. I just love them and their interactions and adventures so much! The plot is intriguing as well, the moving castle itself I love and want one. It helps that it’s my favorite genre: medieval fantasy in another world. It’s hysterically funny, but also epic and adventurous and just fabulous fantasy. And Howl. Because Howl.

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The Avengers

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Hawkeye is my favorite of the Avengers, hands-down. But after him, I refuse to pick a favorite because I love ALL of them so much. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Banner, Natasha… They’re each so fabulous. I love their interactions too, and it’s just great to see them hanging out and bickering or helping each other out… And I guess it’s my favorite movie genre? Action-adventure? I’ve never been much into superheroes, but I do enjoy the Avengers. And of course Hawkeye. Because Hawkeye.

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I don’t know. I guess The Avengers and Howl’s Moving Castle just make me happy. ^_^

So I now have only two questions:

Do you have a “comfort-food” (separate from “favorite”) book, film, show etc. that just makes you happy and you never tire of re-reading/watching?

And why isn’t Age of Ultron out yet?

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One Last Time – A Hobbity Review

I think we all know how much of a Tolkien/Middle-earth fan I am. So the following statement should come as no surprise…

I saw the final Hobbit film the night it came out.

This is supposed to be a mini review of sorts. I’m not going to be too detailed, but I just wanted to say a couple things.

Short version?

Awesome movie, awful adaption.

(Okay, so I’ll say a little more than that…)

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The last Middle-earth movie (we assume).

I saw it at the midnight showing. (Which was at 7 pm. But hey, who’s counting?)

The theater was crammed stuffed, and you could tell they were pretty much all fairly hardcore Middle-earth fans. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard such unanimous bursts of laughter so many times, and I definitely have not ever heard so much applause in a theater. Martin Freeman’s fabulous Bilbo faces got a lot of laughs, and sooo many other things.

And so much clapping. Really. It was sort of awesome. And the part that got the most applause I think was near the end when–not to give spoilers–Legolas does a certain probably impossible stunt involving falling rocks. It was hilarious how big of a reaction that got in the theater, just everyone clapping and laughing. XD I loved it. I’m going to have fond memories of that viewing for a long time…

As for the movie itself…

So, the movie-makers made up a TON of stuff. And messed with the story and characters a lot. Which, as a very dedicated fan of Tolkien’s books, I will not excuse. This makes for a fairly grumpy Deborah on some counts…

But.

If you pretend (as I did, to a point) that it was just a movie… it was actually really awesome.

Aside from several stupid things (dwarf/elf romance, Alfrid the annoying, etc. etc.) I really enjoyed it. A lot.

Even though it wasn’t a good adaption (which, let’s be honest, I wasn’t expecting anyway) it was still a fairly awesome movie.

I like lists. So here:

  • It was epic and heartbreaking and beautiful in turns.
  • I loved the lines that they DID keep from the book. (*gasp!* Yes, there were a few.)
  • I loved Thranduil. So much fabulous. And his moose.
  • And Bard–he was so so awesome!
  • And Legolas was very cool and I don’t even care because Legolas.
  • And even Thorin. Waah.
  • And Bilbo. Bilbo was so amazingly BILBO-ISH. Perfection.
  • And I cried a few times… Funny how that happens at more movies these days. I’ve either been watching sad movies this year or I’m getting more sentimental… Oh well. πŸ˜‰

Also, this is random. But I loved the credits. The sketches for the characters were AMAZING. I stayed and watched the whole thing. πŸ˜›

But… it was the last Middle-earth movie. Which is both cool and sad.

So yeah. I have a lot of emotions and feelings about the movie, all mixed up. Because I love the book, but they sort of messed it up, but it was a good movie, an epic one even, and when I let go of my hope for a good adaption, I really enjoyed it and it was so awesome but also so sad and just epic.

I know I’m supposed to be a writer, but I’m having a hard time putting together words to express myself about this. Conflicted feels, I tell ya.

My recommendation?

Go see it.

Don’t think too much about the book when you do, but go see it.Β It’s absolutely worth it.

(And if you haven’t read the book? Then you poor deprived soul, absolutely see it, and then go read the book to fill in that hobbit-sized hole in your heart, because you don’t know what you’re missing.)

Soon I plan to reread the actual Hobbit book J. R. R. Tolkien wrote, now that the films are completed, to remind myself of the real version.

But no matter the form, or what mistakes or good things were done, it was wonderful to visit Middle-earth as brought to life by Peter Jackson.

To visit Middle-earth in the theater …

…One Last Time.