Sunday, August 02, 2009

Dear Harry Potter . . .

I'd like less lovey dovey, more bone-crushing magical action, please.

Yours in wizarding,


Hubs and I went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this weekend. While I found the movie entertaining, I thought it was more of a logistical backflip than a great movie in its own right. I recall that one of the things that impressed me the most about this book in the series was its deft set-up for the final installment. The movie operates in much the same way. Though there is some plot action going on (most notably, Dumbeldore's death), the primary purpose of this part of the tale is to put all the pieces in place for a grand finish.

There was an emphasis on the raging hormones of all the characters in this movie, but I thought it a bit overdone and oversimplified. Less love and more story, please!

Effects were great, with the horcrux scene in a gloomy cave being particularly noteworthy. I was also impressed with the actor who played Voldemort/Tom Riddle at 16, Frank Dillane. Beautiful, with just the right touch of creepy. Worth seeing, but I'm much more excited about the coming two movies. Hope they don't screw them up.


Susan said...

Hubs and I found the movie a bit ho-hum, although he liked it more than I did. Way too much emphasis on Ron/Lavender/Hermione and not nearly enough on the real plot action. If I hadn't read the book, I'd have been horribly confused.

Nicole Bradshaw said...

Yup. As I said, too much love, not enough action. (Heh. I sound like some movie reviewer from Maxim!)