apparently my opinion is different than everyone else’s

My Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie review: meh.

If anyone really cares about spoilers anymore, there are some below.

As with most of the other movies in this series, I am convinced that if I weren’t familiar with the book I’d have had no freakin’ idea what was going on in the movie (I’m really not very good at movie-watching). Cinematography: nice but too dark. Acting: fine but then I’ve never really had a problem with it. Except that I thought Snape was quite wooden in this one and I still don’t really get the Snape-lust that is so endemic among my female acquaintance. I think the greasy-haired Snape of the books and the petty nastiness of both versions has pretty much turned me off him thoroughly. Too many petty and nasty people in the real world: why would I lust over a fictional one? Also, I believe this is the book in which HP famously declares himself “Dumbledore’s Man”; I see nothing in the humorless Dumbledore of the movies to inspire such loyalty.

The torching of the Burrow seemed pointless. I’m sorry that they omitted the quests for the Horcruxes, which would have added more action, and most of the memories that explain Voldemort. I also disliked the one battle scene they left in: chop, chop, disjointed chop instead of use of actual spells and curses to show how Harry and his friends are becoming more powerful. And I can’t imagine why they omitted a scene as visual as Dumbledore’s funeral. Even the music wasn’t as well done – I miss the snipets of Flitwick’s choir.

And why didn’t any of the students wear robes?

I did like this new stronger Ginny, though I still think she should be prettier now. The Lavender / Won-Won relationship was as painfully funny as in the book. As in Book 6, it’s a relief to see Harry getting past the shouty anger of Book 5. We saw it in IMAX, and the beginning in 3D was pretty spectacular.

But mostly … meh.

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2 Responses to apparently my opinion is different than everyone else’s

  1. LA says:

    I’ve disliked Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore from the beginning, so I’ll admit it- I sat through this movie gunning for him to die already. All I could think was, “Hooray! Almost rid of that ham bone who had no CLUE what Dumbledore was like and how to play him! Good-bye, Gambon! YAY!” So my feelings about the film as a whole are tinged with anticipatory glee over what was coming. As was the whole series since Richard Harris died and that scenery chewer took over. Gambon’s Dumbledore was wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I did like how this movie was less coy than the books about Harry and Hermione’s unrequited loves for their respective Weasleys and that bit where Hermione asks Harry how bad it is for him to watch Ginny snog Dean was great. Friends as tight as Harry and Hermione WOULD talk that frankly and offer that kind of comfort to each other. None of the smirky shilly-shallying of the books. At 13 or 14, maybe, but they’re 17 and still acting like crushes are yicky and have to be hidden for fear of cooties? Right. So one up thing about a film I mostly thought was pretty ‘meh’ too. ~LA

  2. LA says:

    PS: I did have Mick read your post about the moon and it’s a tussle for him to hang onto his love for ugly conspiracy theories and thinking the worst of the government and his respect for you. Mick revels in believing the worst and having someone whose integrity and intelligence he has no questions about smack him upside the head with the truth was a bit of a toughie.

    But then I’ve been upsetting his comfortable cynical apple cart from the beginning and he’s getting used to having his smug disbelief in so many things being blown to bits by me and my crew of brilliant friends. ~LA

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