There are reasons why I don’t watch movies in SM anymore. And coming there yesterday to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reminded me of said reasons with renewed force. Although yes, admittedly, the experience wasn’t as bad as expected. I was gratefully surprised the stink wasn’t hanging in the air-conditioned air and the floors weren’t as sticky. And apparently they don’t allow you to repeat the movie anymore, which is great for crowd and cleanliness control. Again, with the cleanliness. But still, the seats were horribly thin and squashed, the aircon just freezes through the bone marrow and was it just me or was the screen quality all fuzzy? I so need to watch it again. Mm, money. I need money.
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The movie bored lots of people who were complaining that it was all talk and less action. To such people, I say, it was based on a 607-page book. Try telling Tom Riddle‘s past or explaining Horcruxes with more CGI than good dialogue and that will turn out more Star Wars than Harry Potter. Honestly, nobody wants that.
That being said, the HP6 movie came off to me like an indie-feeling, dramatic comedy with big budget CGI and sweeping landscapes and, oh yes, magic. I liked the treatment. I think it was the only way the sixth book could be treated. The fifth was the pivotal thing, and after that you kind of break off that long hanging tension about You-Know-Who and where he’s lurking and what he’s plotting. Now you already know, and you’re already burrowing into the past to look for something, anything, that one thing that will kill him and–in all intents and purposes–save the world.
A few random points: Harry was so funny when he was high on Felix Felicis, Ron was funny the entire time (kowaiso!), I am still rooting for Harry and Hermione all the way (come on, you’ve got to see it’s so organic), i think Ginny should return to just crushing on harry and leave him alone (although their scenes are admittedly sweet), I felt for Draco and Snape, and i cried, as expected, goosebumps and all, when Dumbledore fell.
There’s still a lot more to be said about this, but I would need my fellow Potter fans. They are the only people who will understand my kind of HP talk 🙂