If you were to read Tolkien’s The Hobbit out loud, word for word, I don’t think the reading would take three hours. It’s a little book of 95,022 words, a prequel to the three part Lord of the Rings trilogy. For some reason (and my vote here is MONEY), Peter Jackson decided to stretch The Hobbit into a three part movie. Seriously. Not only will the movie be released in three sections, the first part was almost three hours long. Again, seriously. Boyfriend has been anxious to see the movie so we decided to drive up to Monroe to watch it.
The Galaxy Theater in Monroe is probably one of the best-kept secrets in the area. The theater features 6 3D auditoriums, a D-BOX auditorium, theater seating, arm rests that are not fixed, and seats that rock back. Added to that, there are rarely lines, even on opening nights. Last, the theater concessions provide a number of popcorn flavorings, gratis, that you can sprinkle over your treat on your way to the seats. My favorite is the Kernel Seasons’s Ranch.
Armed with the large popcorn and a large drink (both come with free refills at the Monroe Galaxy), we picked our seats and settled in. I was a little worried about the length of the movie, but when the end arrived, I found that I was surprised that more than three hours had passed! The movie is exactly what you would expect from Peter Jackson, and dovetails nicely with the other Rings movies that he’s done. He brought back a number of characters, so the Hobbit really does feel like a seamless prequel to the movies you’ve already seen. Boyfriend did notice one place where there is a mismatch between one of the Rings movies and the Hobbit, but it wasn’t noticeable (to me) or detrimental to the flow of the movie. The movie featured the right amount of drama, action, comedy, and still has tremendous effects to go along with the sweeping landscapes.
For dinner, we met my father at Haiku in Redmond for my father’s annual company holiday party. Haiku is located in the Redmond Town Center, in the same location formerly occupied by Todai. Like Todai, Haiku is an Asian-food buffet, featuring cold salads, sushi, hot foods, and a dessert bar. You can custom order a number of soups along with freshly made crepes. The food at Haiku isn’t the most amazing Asian food I’ve had, but it is definitely enjoyable. There’s a nice mix of Asian styles presented in both the hot and cold cases, and a lot of seafood available too. The restaurant is very child friendly, and has a fun, energetic feel. For larger parties, the restaurant has a back room that can be closed off. Boyfriend and I each ate way too much, sat around chatting with everyone for a while, and then went and ate some more before eventually waddling out.