Sunday, July 19, 2009

About Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Basically, there are two types of people who could potentially see this post, those who are already watching the Harry Potter movies, and those who aren't. The first group knows the almost miraculous quality the movies have sustained, meshing a group of unknown, untested child actors with an all star cast of supporting actors from the generations that preceded them and having those children manage to grow in their craft as well as their stature before our eyes. Making one good movie is hard enough, making six that manage to not only stand up to one of the most beloved series of books ever, but actually compliment them is frankly astonishing. The Half Blood Prince manages to do something its predecessor Order of the Phoenix didn't quite do, compress it's giant book worth of source material into a coherent whole that didn't feel rushed or make you miss the things which were cut. Standouts include Alan Rickman's once again note perfect portrayal of Prof. Snape, a scene stealing Helena Bonham Carter, and Bonnie Wright's Jenny Weasley stepping out of the periphery in a big way.

By the time you read this, the movie will have already set all sorts of box office records. And really, those already involved in the series don't need any further encouragement. If by chance, you are in the group that hasn't started watching the movies, this is one time where following the crowd will net you some seriously good entertainment.

1 comment:

Lee said...

Yeah, yeah, I'm going later this week.

I had debated whether or not to read the book again before seeing the movie, but there's no way now, so it doesn't matter.