May 25, 2009
The Lord of the Rings (1978) (part 4 of 11)
Then we go to the hobbits leaving the Shire in a merry little group (yeah, whatevah). Merry and Pippin have already joined the quest. We don’t even get to see Alvin meet them; They’re just suddenly along for the ride, and the only explanation we get is Sam muttering something about Alvin’s “cousins” insisting on coming. Hell, we don’t even learn their names for several more scenes. Thus, for reasons that will soon become obvious, I have dubbed them the Idiot Cousins.
This is followed by a nauseating montage of the hobbits travelling, including a really awful bit where they “sing a song”. It’s just a lot of tuneless la-la-la’s, which is technically only a “song” if you’re so drunk that you’re about to die of alcohol poisoning. But since this movie is rapidly inspiring me to approach that state, I guess it doesn’t really matter.