Watch the trailer if you will, but be it known that is an AWFUL representation of What If and the complex issues it represents. Or, this ain’t yo mama’s RomCom. Read the rest of this entry
I feel that once you get through The Goblet of Fire, the translation from page to screen begins to suffer… or, perhaps these stories were not meant to be adapted in this way. Whatever the case, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not nearly as interesting to watch as it was to read. But, I don’t have any intention to compare the novels and movies so instead, I’ll just pay strict attention to what’s on the screen. However, I do want to note that things that bug me about the movie didn’t bug me about the book. Read the rest of this entry
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth movie in the series and is a coming of age story within a series that is a coming of age story itself. If that sounds redundant… that’s because it is. It might not be fair to call Goblet of Fire an unnecessary installment, but I’m probably going to do it anyway. Read the rest of this entry
I finally got around to seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), so it’s movie review time. I saw it in IMAX (but thankfully not in 3D), and I have to say I strongly recommend the experience… well, I could do without the whole “YOU’RE WATCHING A MOVIE IN IMAX!” thing and I certainly am not a fan of the $17 per ticket price we paid, but there it is. The sound and image were outstanding, and both were friggin huge!
It’s hard to rate a movie when it’s in the middle of the story… but as far as novel adaptations go, this is a good one, and when it comes to adapting half of a novel into a cliff hanger, this movie does the job in spades. The movie isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the better adaptations of any of the Harry Potter books so far, and it’s a fine movie, despite its unresolved plot lines and cliff hanger ending. As always, the performances are solid: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint give the performances we’ve come to expect from them since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. David Yates does a great job as director and the beautiful filming of Eduardo Serra looks great in IMAX – and lets not forget to mention the editing of Mark Day, who did a much better job than the novel did of keeping the film from dragging while the gang is out on the run in the tent. Read the rest of this entry