I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Yes, this past Saturday I took Kyle to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in complete anticipation since we saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Did I read the book? You bet! As did Kyle and we both loved it! Kyle read all The Lord of the Rings books. I, myself, am on the last of the series, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Truly great reads and a really cool, adventurous world to get lost in.
So what did we think of the movie? LOVED IT! I’m not sure what I loved the most: the integrity of the book brought to the big screen, the characters and their consistency, the excitement of the entire adventure, or the company I keep? I have a feeling it’s a little bit of all of the above with an emphasis on the later.
Since it was a busy day, we attended Holy Family Church, the four-thirty mass. Yes, we rearranged our day just so we could go to the seven o’clock showing of The Hobbit. Going any later wouldn’t have sat well with me since I am an ‘early to bed, early to rise’ type of gal. I suppose we could have gone to the traditional Sunday morning mass, but I knew we still had to get the Christmas tree and it’s nice not rushing around on a Sunday morning, yet knowing we made time to visit God in His house.
As the hours approached, the snow kept falling. Snow, was really not the issue but the temperature. It was teetering between freezing and rain. That makes for less than desirable driving conditions, especially at night.
Normally, I take Kyle to the Carmike 15 Cinema behind Westmoreland Mall in Greensburg, which is only about ten miles from my parents house in Latrobe. However, I really didn’t feel comfortable driving, mostly the return trip, with the roads on the brink of becoming an Olympic sized luge track. I mentioned this to Kyle and he about fell into an immediate depression and despair. I know I agreed, but it wasn’t worth putting us both in potential harms way. Trying for an immediate solution that we both could agree upon, I mentioned that we could go to a Sunday matinee. Kyle’s response? “It came out this Thursday and we have yet to see it!” Keep in mind it was only Saturday, not a month after being released. What to do? What to do? When you need answers, turn toward the internet. Low and behold, Latrobe 30 Theatre & Cafe was playing The Hobbit! It was only a few miles away. What time? Seven-thirty, perfect!
See, even before getting to the movies, it’s always an adventure! Once we arrived, now comes a few of our standard arguments. Normally, I’m on the fence about the popcorn, but I already agreed to let Kyle have his snack. This movie theater offers slightly more options such as sandwiches and, yes, soft pretzels. In a very pensive voice, speaking really only to himself said, “Now do I want a pretzel or popcorn?” Then, turned to me as if confirming his conclusion by saying “Both?” “Umm, no, pick one or the other buddy. Kyle why don’t you get the pretzel since they usually don’t have those at the other theater?” He opted for the popcorn and I am ashamed to say I buckled and got junior mints. (always remembering the Seinfeld episode).
Now ready for argument number deux? Where to sit? This movie theater is a lot smaller than the ones we normally attend, but I still like to sit toward the back, while Kyle likes his nose touching the big screen. Since he picked our seat the last movie, Thor 2: The Dark World, I got my own way. That is until my mind was changed for me. As we sat there, a large man sat directly in front of me, and for the life of me, I could not see over him or around him. Within a matter of seconds of this happening, Kyle turned toward me with this ornery look on his face like, ‘See, we should have sat where I wanted to. Are we going to move?’ We did! Kyle was happy, I didn’t really care.
Now, are we settled to watch the movie? Nope. Kyle decides he’s hungry for real food, not snacks. He left and ordered himself a pulled pork sandwich. Not a bad choice! But now the real fun begins. Kyle will not eat anything, nothing not even his popcorn before the movie starts. Seriously, it’s like this thing with him, this irritating thing that I don’t get and kind of drives me crazy. All the while I polished off my junior mints before there was picture on the screen. Kyle said, “Now you don’t have anything to eat during the movie.” Almost in a superior type of tone. I said, “I don’t care, I would rather focus on the movie.” Not Kyle, he sat there with his sandwich and popcorn lined up perfectly in front of him, waiting patiently to be devoured. He would not even sample one kernel of popcorn! Forget it if I tried to sneak a snack. He must not have been too hungry. That kid!
So now the movie right? Yes! What makes a movie is Kyle’s commentary. He is sometimes so quick witted and sarcastic, it cracks me up. At one point Bombur the one dwarf, the really fat one, was in a barrel and the barrel got loose and took off, taking down rows of orcs. Classic stupid humor but totally cracked us up, especially when he ended up in a partial barrel encompassing his enormousness body, still holding his ax and getting ready to fight. We died! Trying not to create too much for a ruckus in the theater, we were laughing so hard, there was no sound coming from our mouths.
Also, every time the orcs would call Tauriel the “She-Elf”, we both thought that to be hilarious. (Even though that was not original to the books)
Then, came the best comment of the movie. Legolas was shooting arrows into the orcs and he shot two orcs in the head with one arrow. Kyle leaned in to me and said, “That’s Gigi’s shot!” I was rolling in my seat trying to stay afloat. You see, once years ago when my mom hunted, she accidentally shot two deer with one shot. She shot the one closest to her and the bullet went through to the second deer standing directly behind the first, totally unbeknownst to her behind until she walked up on her kill. Kyle loves hearing that story and apparently it has resignation with him.
What was really funny, was our reactions to the end of the movie. Prior to seeing the second installment, we both read that they were making The Hobbit into a three part series. Yet, for some reason we both thought it was only going to be two parts. Then comes the end, and it abruptly stops. Kyle, with this surprised look on his face said, “What? It’s not over! How are they going to make a third movie when there’s only a little bit left?” I said, “That’s the power of Hollywood, they will probably embellish it a bit to stretch it out.” Then, in pure disbelief Kyle asked to use my phone. He looked it up and yes, the third movie is scheduled to come out next December of 2014. How can we wait that long?
Yes it was truly a splendid evening with my little man. Kyle was happy to see the movie, as was I. Although I think he was more excited to see it before his Aunt Nikki. That made his night!