30 Day Film Challenge – Day 21

Posted: June 30, 2021 in Uncategorized

This is definitely the home stretch.

I thought this was a funny prompt, because I think we have all fallen asleep watching a movie at one time or another, and it doesn’t necessarily say anything about the movie itself. It could mean you were just tired. I remember going to the movies the day after arriving in Los Angeles, thinking that it would be cool to see a movie in Hollywood, not realizing that jet lag hits you a day later. I bought a ticket for Wag the Dog, starring Dustin Hoffman and Bob DeNiro and written by David Mamet. I excitedly got my popcorn and sat in my seat and waited to see what it would be like to see a movie in the city where movies were made (There’s really not a huge difference.) The lights went down and I conked right out. I woke up for the closing credits, and have yet to ever watch a frame of that movie. And I love David Mamet, so it wasn’t a reflection on the movie. I was just pooped.

I’ve also definitely done that thing in a movie theater where you fall asleep for what seems like a couple minutes, and you wake up and the movie is in a completely different place and you don’t know if you fell asleep for half of it or the story just took a wild turn. It makes for an embarrassing post-movie conversation on the ride home, that’s for sure.

Most of the time, however, I don’t really remember the movies that I’ve fallen asleep in, because most of the time I fall asleep, then wake up, and go, “Well, I guess I needed some sleep.” No harm, no foul, really, unless your uncle was the director or something like that.

But I do remember specifically falling asleep in the theater at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I remember a little of the beginning, and then the end. And this movie is about five thousand hours long, so that was no small nap.

The funny thing is, I have no real regrets about it, other than the money spent on a movie I didn’t see. I went to see the movie on a Friday night after a long week at work, but really because I like going to the movies and I thought I’d give it a chance. Spoiler warning, but I didn’t love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They were fine, technical marvels, but I never read the books, so I have no attachment to the story, and don’t really love fantasy, so there you go. I also think they’re too God-or-whatever damn long!

Still I wanted to give The Hobbit a chance because, well, I guess because I’m nice like that? I actually do remember starting to drift off and not even fighting it, because I knew I had a couple hours to go and fighting sleep is always a losing battle anyway, and I wasn’t concerned with missing much. I’m pretty hazy on the whole plot but what I do remember is that they started walking at the beginning to get the ring. When I woke up near the end, they had reached a point where they could no longer walk because they had to reach some mountaintop that was really high and there was a canyon or something. So, Gandalf used his magic to summon some big birds to fly them to the top. Now, again, I’m fuzzy on the details, but from my perspective, if you can magically summon birds to fly you places, why walk all that way and waste everyone’s time? Why not just fly there in the first place? I’m sure there was some explanation in the movie about why they had to do that, so please explain it in the comments if you know it, but from what I saw, the whole journey could have been avoided. Maybe that’s why it was so unexpected, because they didn’t really have to do it.

Ok, are you ready for my Dad-Joker closer? Yes, I missed most of this movie, but I “didn’t lose any sleep over it.”

Eh? Eh? Come back tomorrow and head over to linktree for more Dursin. 

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