July 15th, 2007

gondolas

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Went to see the new Harry Potter last night.

I thought it was pretty good, you can never put in everything from the book. I did however feel that there was a little too much of the Dumbledore's Army lessons. They could have fitted in some more important stuff. For instance, I don't think they showed enough of Snape's memory of bullying by Harry's dad. In the book it came over much more that Harry was upset by his father's and Sirius' behaviour.

Daniel, Emma and Rupert seem to have unfortunately grown faster than Harry, Hermione and Ron. I have a feeling that by the time they film the last book they will look pretty large and sophisticated eighteen year olds.
Ron seems to have learned some new expressions which is a relief and Harry is coping admirably with all the angst.

The Times described Imelda Staunton's Professor Umbridge as a cross between Barbara Cartland and anthrax which I certainly can't improve on. She simply purred with nastiness.

I've said before that I can't quite buy into the whole Snape is Sexy thing but if the Oscars were to introduce a new category of Best Performance Using a Single Word then Alan Rickman would have at least two nominations for "Obviously" and "Exquisite". As usual he didn't get enough screen time but the little shots of his looks as Professor Umbridge stood up to speak were a joy to watch.

I have to say I could do without the CGI monsters like Grawp, I find they stand out as being too different from the rest of the film, suddenly you think you have wandered into the next door screening of Shrek or something.

The battle scenes at the end were spectacularly done as were the fireworks. I don't remember the book that well but the arch scene at the end was just as I imagined it when I read it.

I'd rate it at 4*

(Oh and this time I found Gary Oldman's Sirius rather attractive!!;))