Saturday, July 18, 2009

In the Blood

Last night we saw Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince.

All I can say is 'well done'. I'm sure I can say more. I'm 100% certain I will.

Almost each one has been better than the last. I say 'almost' because I thought The Chamber of Secrets was the worst one. But from Prisoner of Azkaban and on, they've done a phenomenal job.

We went with our friends, David & James. They are possibly bigger HP geeks than anyone I know - over the age of 15 that is.

I have to say, I fought reading the books for a long time, but I succumbed and finished them all. And I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed them. I even read the Half-Blood Prince twice, mainly because we only bought one copy of The Deathly Hallows and while Denton started that, I reacclimated to where we had left off.

The movie was fast-paced, darker than the others, and yet also had more humorous moments than the others as well. The darker part shouldn't come as a surprise - as these are troubled times they are living in, as you well know, whether you read the books or just saw the movies.

The film also had some visually stunning moments. But I've thought all of the last four have. But you get four homos in a restaurant after the movie and watch out!

We didn't really pick it apart. We tried to figure out what had been cut from the book and sometimes if we weren't getting our books mixed up with all the backstorying they can do to fill in missing gaps. Oh and commented on set and costume design. Hey! We're gay!

The four of us really liked how the "kids" have developed so well as actors - and amazed in this day and age how they all stayed with the series without once replacement (save Dumbledore's Richard Harris who died after the second film). All three were particularly good in different scenes of the film - especially Ron and Harry.

We all agreed that everyone wants to see Helena Bonham-Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange (she's come a long way since her debut in Room with a View) and my personal favourite: Luna Lovegood. And yes, I love Snape. Always have. (I started laughing to myself thinking of a Family Guy episode where you kept having to hear Alan Rickman's answering machine.)

Half-Blood Prince might be the longest of the movies so far. Over 2.5 hours.

I am actually glad they are breaking up The Deathly Hallows into two movies. I think they have to if they do not want to cut too much out. This film actually omitted quite a bit without losing too much of its flavour.

Blobby gives it two thumbs up.

Oh - the previews for the upcoming movies they show at this are horrid. Clearly they still think that 9 year olds are going to see Harry Potter. ...and they do, but everyone in our sparsely filled theatre was over the age of 20. So movies about gerbils (yes, you heard right - and no, it does not star Richard Gere) and a magic rock really did not appeal to any of us.

Song by: Better Than Ezra


Larry Ohio said...

I cannot wait to see this movie. We're going on Monday.

They say this is 'The Empire Strikes Back' of the series. Sounds like you may agree.

"I am actually glad they are breaking up The Deathly Hallows into two movies." What?!! News to me! I hope they don't wait too long between releases.

Jonny said...

For Larry OH and anyone else...I'll show my Harry Potter nerdiness...the current plan is to have part I of The Deathly Hallows in November 2010 and then Part II in May 2011. Filmed as one movie (thank G-d, otherwise, those kids would be way too old!)

rebecca said...

LOLLL did you photoshop that picture yourself???