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Friday, July 31, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

(Guest Review by Jack)

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: If you don’t know what Harry Potter is about by now (part 6 out of 8 in the series), you should probably skip to the next review. Or better yet, try leaving your houses once in a while.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Same people as the last one – with the addition of Jim Broadbent as a new professor.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. As a big fan of the books, it’s always cool to see the characters and places come to life. But I have only liked one of the HP movies as a movie (Order of the Phoenix). While this is the same exact production crew as that one, this one falls well short of the book’s potential for drama and excitement.

Concurrently, if you're a big fan of not reading the books, my wife says, "Stay away," after being so bored that she almost fell asleep. But to be fair to HP fans, she hasn’t enjoyed any of the movies. And to be fair to my wife, I’d like to thank her for continuing to join me at them.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: There are a few teenage moments that are amusing. But they also make the tone of the movie too light– much to my chagrin. Teenage love was a side note in the book – the gravy, so to speak. By turning the gravy into the meal, they watered down the crucial relationship between Harry and Dumbledore and their ongoing quest which actually drove the book, and made it great.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it should have. In this book, Harry and Dumbledore build upon their already special relationship, become allies in a quest, and strengthen their bond to a new level. And what happens at the end should elicit tears – or at least some real emotion. But it did nothing for me (or my wife), because it was horribly executed, and overshadowed by the teen romance stuff.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: As usual, the tech credits are all top notch, but I’ll reserve award consideration for Effects and Sound.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: The best thing about the series is the casting. They have done a great job overall with nailing the characters.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: I was really let down. I had high expectations after the last movie, but I felt that the choices David Yates made in this one were often way off base to anyone who read the books (Geeky Example: Felix Felicis should not make you drunk).

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The book was great. This movie, like most of its predecessors, feels like really bad Cliff’s Notes. GEEK ALERT: They actually let Dumbledore and Harry disapperate (like teleporting) from Hogwarts??!!?? This breaks a major ongoing story point – especially in this particular book as Malfoy spends the entire book fixing a magical cabinet in order to get the death eaters in the castle – precisely because disapperating is not possible there. And don’t get me started on the ending! Mostly, I don’t wanna get started because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say this: It should’ve left you guessing about the characters’ true intentions, because that’s what made for such a great ending to the book.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Anonymous said...

This review is like the HP-movies: Blah-blah-blah- Dumbledore-blah-blah-blah Harry Potter. In other words it makes no sense to anyone who hasn't read the books. Which is why all these movies... FAIL!

And do u think it's just coincidence that the only one that has made a modicum of sense (Order/Phoenix) was written by a DIFFERENT screenwriter than all the rest?

Goldenberg vs. Kloves: SMACKDOWN!


Monique Elisabeth said...

I couldn't agree with you more about this being the reason the movies fail. I haven't read any of the books. But I saw the 1st and 3rd HP movies, and I was bored by both, so I stopped going. But I could tell that there was clearly something lost in translation from the page to the screen, because otherwise it's unjustifiable why the books are such a hit.

Prisqua said...

My 13 years old daughter told me it was soo boring, and I thought the last one was boring but she said this one was worse so I will wait for it to come out on dvd to see it.

Movie Blaster said...

The most recent Harry Potter movies aren't that good anymore especially since most of the young characters got older now.... There was a certain cuteness to Harry Potter before that appealed more to kids... I doubt if its still there.