Is it just me, or does the poster look like Dumbledore’s making a pass at Harry?
I don’t know if it’s because I’m older and a lot less into the books each year, or if the adaptations are getting better. I might need to read all the books and watch all the movies again soon to figure that out.
While I thoroughly enjoyed it, there are some things that tick me off. Slight spoilers after the jump.
What I liked:
- The visuals were stunning. The cinematography, the graphics, the set design of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. I especially liked the desaturation of the colours.
- It was funny. Like, laugh-out-loud-who-cares-who-can-hear-you-funny. Which was refreshing, because the book was a bit depressing.
- Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter. In my eyes, they can do no wrong.
- The focus on the reltionships between each character. I love the scene where Harry and Hermione have a little heart-to-heart and she sets the birds on Ron.
- Luna Lovegood. She had three scenes, but she pwned them.
- The story paced well. They mostly made the right choices about which scenes to cut out of the film.
What I didn’t like:
- Raging hormone overdose: The romantic relationships were what made the film so funny, but at the same time, there was too much emphasis on it. It gets pretty cheesy at times and a little not-another-teen-romance-movie.
- A lot of unexplained things happening in the background. Like why there were guards at the entrances. Unless you’ve read the book, you wouldn’t even really think they were guards. They were just there.
- The relevance of the Half-Blood Prince was totally lost. LOST. There’s this one scene where Snape declares he’s the Half-Blood Prince, but that’s it.
- The Horcruxes were played down. The relevance of the cave, the locket and ring were not explained.
- Harry just watching Dumbledore get killed. So many inconsistencies there. And I’m not even referring to the book.
Negatives aside, it’s a good watch. Just don’t overthink it. “Prizoner of Azkaban” is still my fave of the HP movies, though.