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NO SPOILERS!

I'm not blaming Tolkien or Peter Jackson or even my Hubby for making me go on the first day, which meant a full house surrounded by horrible movie food smells.

Well maybe Hubby, a little.



I'd say sometime in the first hour, I got a really horrible, head-asploding, screaming, headache which segued into nausea and light sensitivity. And I didn't feel like I could do anything about it. We were in the middle of a row, completely hemmed in on both sides and I knew that Hubby REALLY wanted to see this movie. (He'd been quoted sections of the book to me all day from memory.) And mind you this was in 2-D.

I made it through, but I was really dying by the end. I would actually have preferred to NOT take a cab home, but Hubby insisted and I managed to hold back the vomiting....until we got to our front door and then I puked on the sidewalk. I HATE PUKING!

Anyway---I got upstairs, took two Aleve and proceeded to lie in the dark for an hour until the pounding stopped, although the light sensitivity was still pretty bad.

I was fine in the AM though. I'm still not sure if THE LIGHTS, THE SOUNDS, THE COLORS triggered a migraine or if I ate something bad and had food poisoning with the headache as a side-effect.

I actually have nothing to say about the movie itself because it's the kind of movie I only go to because of Hubby. I've never read Tolkien and I'm really not into those "Quest" stories at all. I read the Narnia books when I was a kid and I at least find Lewis' literary approach (if not his theology) a lot more palateable. The first time I ever heard of The Lord of the Rings at all was the Mad Magazine musical parody of the Ralph Bakshi version. (To the tune of Sound of Silence, "I am the Gollum that is me. And I am hideous to see.")

As for Hubby's reaction: Since he knows the book backwards, forwards, upside-down etc, he really didn't like the additions that Peter Jackson put in and felt they were throwing him out of the story he was expecting to see.

OH WELL! Hopefully this means next time around we can wait until the second week, so I have room to sprawl and escape if necessary.

Also, it's started raining out, which I'm hoping will wash away the evidence, if you know what I mean,

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strawberrytatoo
Dec. 16th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Eeeek, that must have been really horrible. :( When I first started reading your post I was sure it was the 48FPS 3D, I´ve heard some talk that can cause vomiting.

Hope you feel better soon. I am the biggest LotR (movies) fanatic ever. Never quite made it through all the books, I gave up somewhere in The Two Towers, although I love and adore the movies and watch them every years between Christmas and New Years. I read The Hobbit and loved it, so I cannot wait to see the movie. It's been a few years since I read it last, and I decided not to read it before seeing the movie because I would have been nitpicking and complaining about any minor changes like your hubby, haha. Hope he enjoyed the movie overall.

I just bought my tickets to see it in 48FPS 3D on Dec 27, am stupidly excited. (so pissed I have to wait so long. Stupid job!)
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
I honestly think it wouldn't have been so bad without the claustrophobia component, if only because I could have gotten out for some air as soon as I felt the first twinges.
rose_cat
Dec. 16th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
The first migraine I had was exactly like that -- horrid pounding headache, light sensitivity and upchucking. (I don't think it helped that I didn't know what it was and tried to finish washing the dishes.) I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with the 48 frames/second. If I do see it in a theater, I'm going to avoid that feature like the plague. I'd suggest you do the same.

karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't even know if we were doing the 48 frames version. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have hit me so hard if I'd had some of my usual "sprawl" room, or at least felt like I could go out and get some slightly fresher air when the first twinges hit.
cuddyclothes
Dec. 16th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
That's horrible! I'm with you about LOTR, I found the books unreadable. You poor thing. It does sound like it was triggered by the movie.

I have a seizure disorder (not epilepsy) and stuff can be triggered by strobe lights, certain kinds of video installations, etc. So I'll take your post as a warning to stay away from 48 frames/second. What is that supposed to do, exactly? Is that necessary for 3D?
evila_elf
Dec. 16th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
aw, sucks about the movie :(

Glad you're feeling better!

I am going to see it tomorrow, 3D, regular film rate. I hate seeing movies on opening weekend, but since I loved the LOTR movies and I am close to the BBC Sherlock fandom and some people, ignoring their squee about the movie is agony lol
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
It was pretty much ok once I puked my guts out and got to lie in the dark for a bit. The Squeeee the NEXT time around is going to be even more insane when BC or at least his voice is actually IN the movie.
alexcat
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
I'm a huge Tolkien fan. I think I felt about Lewis the way you do about Tolkien but I digress. We saw it in 2d also and the first few scenes were... dizzying somehow. I looked away but once the story began and they stopped all the panoramic stuff, I had no more problems.

I wasn't wild about the additions either but I enjoyed the film a great deal.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hubby went back for a 2nd viewing, this time in 3-D. I think he's warming up to the additions and said he enjoyed it.

I think, if you read the Narnia books, at least as a girl, you have a better chance at an identification figure with Lucy...although I was more of a Susan, so obviously I have BIG issues with The Last Battle. (I had to look up the title, since my brain kept saying "The Final Conflict." I love Sam Neill, but it ain't the same thing.)
alba17
Dec. 16th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds so awful. There's nothing worse than being trapped and feeling like you have to throw up. If it was 3D or Imax, it would have been worse! Glad you feel fine today.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
3D would have been MUCH WORSE. Honestly, I think the claustrophobia was really the tipping point.
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