Saturday/ The Hobbit

The Hobbit is out on Blu-ray and I got to see it last night.  It makes a fine prequel to the Lord of the Rings movies, with out-of-this world characters (of course : they’re from Middle Earth), and some wild battle scenes with the Orcs.  The ‘unexpected journey’ takes a lot of twists and turns.  Some of the turns take a little too long, though.  The total movie time comes to 170 minutes.  As for the characters, I liked the ogres around the fire, and afterwards I looked up the name of the foul, uncouth and bloated ‘king’ villain in the mountain (I have not read The Hobbit and I am not familiar with the Middle Earth characters at all! ).  It turns out he is named Gorkin the Goblin King.  I was shocked to learn the character is played by none other than -ready for this?- the Australian actor behind the outrageous stage show character ‘Dame Edna’, Barry Humphries (a sprightly 77).

*In March 2012, Humphries announced Dame Edna’s retirement from show business.

Gorkin the Goblin King leans in close to make a point with the dwarfs in The Hobbit.  I am sure when he does that, he invades one’s personal space in a very big way!
Here is a picture of Barry Humphries portraying ‘Dame Edna’ with her trade-mark lilac hair and bejeweled spectacles.


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