Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Part 2 of The Hobbit Trilogy: The Desolation of Smaug

Taken at the special screening of
The Desolation of Smaug

In Manila tonight, living a Travelife, there were a lot of events to attend.

On my calendar, there was a classical music concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a Christmas party hosted by the Chinese Ambassador at her residence, and an invitation from the Ambassador of New Zealand to watch the special screening of The Desolation of Smaug, which is the second movie in The Hobbit trilogy.


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TWO EVENTS INSTEAD OF THREE

I ended up going to the Christmas party of the Chinese Ambassador, and then I rushed across town to the Mall of Asia's IMAX Theater to attend the special screening for The Desolation of Smaug.

With Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing

If I have to choose two things I hardly ever do in my never-ending Travelife, watching The Hobbit movies and actually going to a movie theater to watch a movie would count right up there.

I LIKE REALITY

For one thing, I like very realistic movies, and I'm quite partial to films that recall real events or real people's lives.

The Hobbit Trilogy is as far from this as I can ever imagine.

Fans posed with actors dressed up
to resemble the main characters in
The Desolation of Smaug



NO TIME FOR THE CINEMA

Then, I never have time to watch a movie in a cinema.

I don't even have time to watch television.

I get to watch most films only when I'm on an airplane: I watch a lot of movies if it's a short flight of under five hours, which means two movies and a meal; and if it's an overnight flight, I usually watch just one movie before going to sleep.

Before tonight, I think I've only been to a movie house four or five times in the last ten years.

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INSPIRED FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY

But tonight, I just felt like watching The Desolation of Smaug.

I suddenly felt like watching something that would engross me, and that would take me out of the everyday.

Taken at the special screening of
The Desolation of Smaug.
People dressed up as the movie characters
sat amongst the audience.
This was perfect.

I asked a friend to accompany me, and it just so happened that he'd seen the first Hobbit movie; so he didn't mind seeing part 2.



WHAT A NICE SURPRISE

What do you know? It turned out to be really fun.

First, those eight-foot screens are really something else. They make the visuals just so much better -- especially from where we were seated.

My friend said: "We need to sit at the back to get the full impact of IMAX."



Then, this particular movie is supposed to be perfect for IMAX.

It's shot in very high definition and at such a rapid pace that everything becomes just so real.

And so 3D, of course, especially when you're wearing those 3D glasses.

FIRST TIME FOR A J.R. TOLKIEN STORY

Taken at the special screening of
The Desolation of Smaug

As for the story, I had only a vague idea of The Hobbit stories of J.R. Tolkien, so it took me awhile to catch on to what was happening. This was part 2, after all.

But eventually, I got the hang of the story.

It's really quite amazing -- the kind of tale that just draws you in, so that you lose track of time and almost everything else.

The Desolation of Smaug is three hours long, but it felt like only 45 minutes.

Taken at the special screening of
The Desolation of Smaug

THE FORMULA FOR GETTING HOOKED IN

And, of course, what an ending.

I wanted so badly to know what would happen next. I guess this is why they call this series a trilogy.

It's certainly great marketing, because you definitely want to watch part 3.

Taken at the special screening of
The Desolation of Smaug

So I guess you know what I'll be doing, when they have a special screening again of part 3 of The Hobbit Trilogy -- hopefully, sooner rather than later, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.   


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