Monday, July 12, 2004

The new Harry Potter movie

(Wahoo! I figured out how to add titles. Faboo.)

So I was really proud of myself for going to a movie alone. I would normally cringe at the idea, but as I had just eaten a lovely Waffle House brunch all by myself at their counter, I thought, "Why not?"

I had the theater to myself until about 10 or 15 minutes before the previews. It was as if my own living room had expanded 100 times its normal size. And then I got guests without having to feed them. Sweet!

Things I loved:
* Harry is such a cutey! OK, yes, I know...jail bait. But one can appreciate beauty.
* Speaking of beauty, omigosh, the water and the hills and all the scenery! Gorgeous!!!
* Gary Oldman as a hero, imperfect but heroic nonetheless, rather than a villain. Oh, yes...
* Hagrid in a tie. Priceless.
* Hermione's right (or was that left?) hook to Malfoy's face. And his crying when she held the wand to his neck.
* NO Dobby! Thank goodness. That was a mini Jar-Jar Binks I could do without.
* The Boggart-deflecting lesson, complete with ballroom dance music. Love a Dark Arts prof with a sense of humor as well.

Things that bugged me:
* Stuff in the castle being in different places...what's up with the huge pendulum and the clockworks?
* Hagrid's domecile having been moved to down a hill, rather than across a yard. Or did I miss something from the two previous movies?
* How quickly the end was "tied up." Or have I just not noticed that before?

The difference this time before I watched the movie is that I read the books (all of them) before viewing it. When I saw HP1 and HP2, I hadn't read any of the books. I think the first two were good adaptations. The third was closer to the book than the LOTR movies were to those books, I think. But you can correct me if I'm wrong.

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