Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Hobbit 30 Day Challenge - Day 25

Favorite Scene In The Movie?

This Challenge was created before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered. Now we have not one, but two movies, and many more scenes to love.  I'm picking a scene from each film, favorites among favorites.

From The Hobbit: AUJ the scene at Bag End between Thorin and Balin.  It's a beautifully acted scene between two very good actors. For me it remains a favorite because it sets up the "father"/son relationship between Balin and Thorin*. This theme, this underlying relationship, clearly much more than a monarch and his trusted counselor, becomes even more important when they reach the Lonely Mountain. 

Looking forward to more memorable scenes between Richard Armitage and Ken Stott in the third film. 

A favorite scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is again about "father and sons" or in this scene, uncle and nephews. It's the first time that we really see Kili and Fili relating to Thorin as the only father they've really known.  (In case someone reading this doesn't know, Thorin is brother to Dis, Kili and Fili's mother.) In the scene between Fili and Thorin, we see the younger dwarf breaking down emotionally, appealing to his uncle not his king, and we see Thorin trying to control his emotions and act as leader.  The next moment that follows we hear Fili for the first time call Thorin "Uncle" and if we listen closely we get a memory of their life together before the quest, "stories you told us".  I'm getting my extra boxes of tissues ready for the third film. 

*Note: In the novel The Hobbit, Thorin is older than Balin, not so clearly in the films. 

Screencaps are mine or from Richard Armitage Central.

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