Did you forget tonight was Fellowship of the Ring night? You did? Shame on you! For those fools of a Took, Fathom Events is showcasing the remastered version of all three Lord of the Rings films to hype fans for the release of the Blu-ray edition. Sounds exciting, right? Well to sum up all three hours — not really.
My oh my, was it great to hear the sharp sounds of steel and iron clashing together while orcs and goblins screamed spine-tingling crys again. The trilogy, which began a little more than a decade ago, has not aged one bit. It really holds up on its own with out looking dated like the original Star Wars and Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, this “event” was quite underwhelming and at times annoying.
The problem I have lies with Peter Jackson, TheOneRing.Net and Fathom Events. Let’s start off with Peter Jackson. Hey, thanks for the personal introduction PJ. Personally, I was looking forward to more than just a 30 second clip of you saying “thanks and enjoy”. I’m sure everyone in the theater was expecting at least a slither of information on The Hobbit. We did pay $12 to see a 10 year old film after all. But a las, not a single word.
Still hungry and desperate for Hobbit info, my father, I and several other hopefuls stayed to the bitter end of the credits only to be met by another 25 minutes worth of credits — a special thank you to the “official” fans of TheOneRing.net and a big FU to everyone else. Was it neccesary to include over a thousand names of fans? I feel like a couple of sentences could have covered it. “And a special thanks goes out to all 30,000 official fans of TheOneRing.net, thank you for your support! Also, there’s nothing Hobbit related after the credits. PJ f’d up. Sorry.” See? And I wasn’t even trying.
Finally, we reach the most annoying aspect of this event: Fathom Events. And for the hell of it, I’m going to toss in AMC Theaters because they’re at just as much fault as FE. When you’re going to hold a big event featuring the same film that’s being implemented into HD media, at least put it in a large theater and not the smallest auditorium where movies go to die. I’m sure the remastered films look great but I couldn’t tell any difference whatsoever based on the school-like projector screen — it was that bad. So here’s a heads up for all those looking forward to catch the next two films — don’t expect IMAX quality.
Needless to say, I still had a great time watching FOTR on the big screen again. It really is true what they say, these films are meant to be seen on a big screen. Or in my case, a slightly larger yet older than my TV screen. If you’re still interested, they’re taking the hobbits to Isengard next Tuesday, the 21st. I won’t see you there!