Friday, July 31, 2009
The Half-Blood Prince
Let's face it, if you've done your time and read the Harry Potter books at least up until the sixth book, chances are you're going to go see the movie too. If you didn't read up to that point, and you haven't bothered with the last couple of books...well, chances are you could care less, haha. Me, I read the books, but I'm not a Hogwarts junkie. For the movies, eh, they've been clever at times, but I'm not hanging on every release date.
That's probably why I just now got to see the newest one. Yesterday, as I've already plugged, was my birthday, so dear old mom took my daughter and I out for lunch and a movie. There's no way I could bear to sit through a G Force or what-not, so I opted for everyone's favorite boy (now teen) wizard with the scar on his forehead.
For all the reasons I'm sure people hated the movie, I conversely loved in it. First off it boiled it back down to just three main characters (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) and focused on them and their character development. You weren't overloaded with a cast of a dozen primary players and twice that number in supporting roles.
Action, combat, magical explosions...heck, just magical tricks and tomfoolery in general were kept to a bare bones minimum. When done though, in particular Dumbledore's pyrotechnics against the zombie-ghoul thingies was delicious. Delightfully, most of the movie was based in dialog with a small number of characters on screen at any time. The entire pulse, pace, and feel of the movie was so much different than its predecessors.
It's not masterpiece theater, but if you've even had just a passing interest in the mythos over the years, then you'll find this latest installment to your liking.