It's the movie
of the year
so of course I'm obliged to write about it. Heck, I've even
read the book (in fact, all four and waiting for the next three). No
spoilers here (Harry saves the world from Ultimate Evil); just some comments
on the film.
Radcliffe wasn't a horrible Harry. Neither was he a great Harry. He was
just there. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Watson (Hermione Granger and that's “her‧my‧oh‧knee”
not “her‧me‧own”) were much better. I'm not sure if it's
because of the direction by Chris “Home Alone”
Columbus; it's a very difficult role to pull off or he just isn't all
that great. I don't know but I felt he was a bit wooden. Everybody else
was wonderful (especially Alan Rickman as Severus
The special effects. Very uneven. They did a wonder job with Hagrid—I'm
sure the technology developed for use in The Lord of the Rings was used
here to make Robbie Coltrane into a
nine foot tall giant (instead of a three foot Hobbit). Very effective. But
for me, most of the computer generated effects distracted me. They
looked like computer generated effects. The dinosaurs from Jurassic Park
were much better done and that was eight years ago! The Quidditch match
would have looked great for Final Fantasy: The Spirits
Within but here they were out of place.
Overall the movie is worth seeing (I wouldn't mind seeing it again) but they
could have done a better job overall.
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