There's a magical scene in The Hobbit, where hidden runes on a map can only be seen by moonlight -- and in the phase they were written in. A youthful looking Lord Elrond says as fate would have it, the Moon is in its crescent phase, so the message outlined in glowing blue runes begins to appear on the parchment.
I longed for this kind of enchantment, but this prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy took this group of companions --dwarves, Gandalf and one hobbit, Bilbo Baggins -- on an odyssey that was mostly fighting, fleeing and more fighting. The foes were especially grotesque CGI creations, even gnarlier looking that Orcs. As usual, my man wanted to sit super close, which splays my vision. I must say the chaotic hand-to-hand battles made my eyes cross and gave both of us a headache.
We agreed, it didn't take us on the epic adventure that LOTR did. We were looking to "lose ourselves" in the Neptunian dark. But instead we were hit with a harsh resonance that vibed through the body, beginning with a series of apocalyptic previews. There were, though, some memorable moments and lines in The Hobbit. My favorite was from Gandalf, "Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."Getty Images Entertainment