Sadly, neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Martin Freeman could go to Comic Con. Happily, however, they sent video messages. And they’re below for your viewing pleasure.
General observation: the sunglasses really make the Bilbo costume. That’s where the compliments to Martin Freeman end however. Because while we know Freeman as an actor, we (or at least I) don’t know him as a person. And here’s the thing with humor: if you do not have an fairly intimate relationship with the person you are joking with, any joke has to be over-the-top and obvious. While I believe Freeman was in fact joking about attacking people, his delivery made me think a couple times about whether he was being serious. And that makes it an unsuccessful joke.
On to our second segment. Benedict Cumberbatch is frickin’ adorable. And funny. To be honest, I really had no idea what was going on in the first half of his message; I was distracted by his rather good looks. But the concept of him trying to spoil us and being thwarted was an interesting idea and rather well executed. And it helps that Benedict Cumberbatch is gorgeous.
I’m sorry, I really didn’t intend to make this into a fan girl post. But that sort of happened in the last paragraph. Sorry. But Sherlock is coming back! And it’s this fall, which is honestly sooner than I thought. Either that, or Sherlock Series 2 ended longer ago than I remember. Either way, we have more things to be excited about, including Benedict Cumberbatch.
I smoke tobacco pipes. I’ve enjoyed them since I turned 18 and even make them. So, I am pleased when I see television or movies including characters smoking their pipes. You’ll never know where pipe smokers are going to turn up in these things, from Colonel Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds to Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. Even the First and Fourth Doctors in Doctor Who were seen smoking pipes. However, I’m almost always infuriated when I see how they smoke them. This is because many times the characters smoke their pipes wrong. Typically, these characters seem to be most interested in making as much smoke as possible. This isn’t wrong because of arbitrary etiquette, but rather is wrong because it ruins the taste of the tobacco, burns the mouth, and can ruin a pipe over time.
Since there seems to be no end to my love for The Hobbit, I’m going to post another trailer.
Martin Freeman is the best Hobbit. I love it when his neighbor is asking “Where are you off to?” and he answers “I’m going on an adventure!” Can you blame me for being excited?! I also love Bilbo in the scene with Gollum, where Gollum is saying that he is going to eat Bilbo whole and Bilbo’s response is, “That’s fair.” Freeman’s face is perfect.
Also, Gandalf says “home is behind you and the world ahead”, which is a line in the song that Pippin sings to Denethor in Return of the King. If you guys don’t believe me, take a look below.