Bienvenido loyal reader. Please ride along as Ma and Pa Kelley go to the movies. And for them, this is a big one as they are huge fans of Middle Earth.
Mary is in charge of movies and she did her due due diligence in finding that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in Mexico, this day, December 14 and the most convenient theater for us is Cinemark located in Plaza Carcacol. Mary has flagged one of the blue buses that will take us there.
This particular blue bus chooses to wend its way around Old Town before heading to Centro. Here is a statue of Lazaro Cardenaz, perhaps Mexico’s greatest president, in the parque which bears his name.
We have timed it pretty darn well as we’ve only been sitting in our seats for about 10 minutes when the movie commences. It is quite obvious that Peter Jackson has not made quite the same impression on Mexicanos as gringos as there are exactly 6 people, counting us, at this premiere. And we are pleased to note that this is the first time in a Mexican theater that we have not needed to don our thermals.
Mary and I would both say do not pay attention to the pans of this movie. We loved it. The back stories told in the first half, some invented by Jackson (what the heck, he paid for the rights) give context and enhance the movie and do not slow it down at all. And the 48 frames/sec film speed was quite interesting. For us it really enhanced the action scenes. The escape from the Goblin King was maybe the most scintillating, eye popping cinematography we have ever seen. But the frame speed did make characters’ appearances look almost mythical which works great in this fable, we are not sure how it would work in other contexts. In summation, for all you Tolkien fans out there, run, don’t walk to the nearest theater and enjoy!
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. Bruce and Mary would love your feedback on this awesome movie so please feel free. Hasta proxima Domingo!