Sunday, November 21, 2010
Alright. I guess I used to be a pretty avid harry potter fan. I've read all of the books at least twice. I just read the 7th book a couple weeks ago, and I admit, as I opened the cover, I had the opinion that I had grown out of Harry Potter. But, alas, I fucking loved the book. Read it in like a day and a half. It really is very decent writing. Props to Rowling.
Now, the movie, specifically the most recent release, will receive no such props.
Is it just me, or did Daniel Radcliffe fail to inspire any emotional authenticity for anyone else? I literally laughed when *SPOILER* Dobby died, purely because of the acting. Also, someone should tell the actors to speak more slowly. I read the books, so I could deduce what was being said at most times, but I do not doubt that after numerous, hastily-voiced lines the majority of American audiences were looking at each other quizzically saying "What?" I'm not hating on british accents, but realize that people unfamiliar with the accents are relying solely on dialogue to understand what's happening.
Okay, but to give a review of the movie itself, it was very disappointing. I'm not going to go into the whole "the book was sooooo much better" issue, but it truly did seem that the director/screenwriter had never read the book. As I said earlier, the acting was lacking. And what the FUCK was with the Hermione/Harry dancing scene? That was almost as uncomfortable as the Juno creepy old man/pregnant teenager dance scene. But at least the Juno scene served a purpose of telling us more about the characters (namely how sketchy that guy was). The HP version was totally arbitrary and completely unnecessary.
Finally, this movie was essentially a fluff-piece that leads up to the second part of the 7th movie. I only paid 6 bucks for it, so I wasn't too pissed. But I'm glad I didn't go wait in line for hours for the midnight premiere like so many of my harry potter crazed friends.
TL;DR version: Acting sucked, nothing. fucking. happened., creepy dance scene, book was better neener-neener.
P.S. Daniel Radcliffe's totally coming out the closet sometime in the next five years. I bet he didn't even pop a chubby with Emma's legs right next to him.