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July 15, 2007


Wow! Your review made me feel like going to see this movie today. I probably won't, but may give in and see it sometime this week (a matinee is always good, I guess.) I read the first three books, and saw the first two films, and then I gave up - read this as "got tired of" - the whole Harry Potter thing.

You took all the words right out of my mouth. This book is soooo loooong, I couldn't imagine how it would translate to the screen, and I have to say I was underwhelmed.

I ditto everything you said. The book is very visual, and the movie successfully brings that to the Ministry of Magic scenes, but there is no story line here to guide you.

I found my greatest anticipation to be waiting to see what new frilly pink outfit Professor Umbridge would be wearing in the next scene. The details! The little pink bow buttons! The lavender sugar she puts in her tea! The costumer and props master of this film deserve Academy Awards. My kids were so anxious to leave the theater, however, that for the first time, we didn't see the credits through to the end, so I don't know who they are.

I would love to see a Delores Umbridge film, tracing her story from goody two shoes Hogwarts student to Ministry of Magic toady. Wouldn't that be a treat?

I agree that the adult actors are woefully underused in the films. I recently read an article in which one of them (sorry, can't remember who) said that they all overact during their scenes in order to drag them out as long as possible and get more screen time.

I also would've liked to have seen more of Rupert and Emma, especially Rupert, who I think is the best actor of the 3 teens. I'm still mad about them omitting Ron's quidditch scenes, but I guess they had to let something go.

I'm a die hard Potter book fan, so it's always difficult for me to see the movies, although I do get a kick out of Moaning Myrtle!!! She's a hoot!

Danny, I saw the new Potter a couple of days ago and wholly agree with you. Am also not an HP fanatic and only read the first book but I must say JKR certainly knows how to spin a tale and stretch it to maximum length. In this film, I became aware of how she cleverly blends in so much of the classic Struggle of Good VS Evil and the legendary heroes and villains: Harry is Krishna (Hare Krishna! Ha ha ha ha), Jesus, Superman, etc.etc. and Voldermort is the Devil and every other Lord of Darkness in mythology and legend. The possibility that Voldemort could take over Harry's brain unless he prepares himself by super-positive-thinking techniques also brings in New Age-think. It's all quite a tour de force and I can understand why the series has become so successful, even if I'm not really part of the fan club.

About La Vie en Rose - I saw La Mome herself a long time ago and have my doubts that anyone can actually 'reproduce' her. But I'll give it a chance and your recommendation is enough reason to go. And I'll have to dust off my own rendition of "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and maybe even post a video of it to my small collection - I think you've already sampled my version of "Les Feuilles Mortes"? Btw, please come over and enter my new 'Out of the Box' challenge. I know you have interesting things to say on Identity, the current topic.

Well...I have never read any of the books and never seen any of the films....SO, I haven't got a clue to anything you wrote about...It was like reading about a Soap Opera, I've never seen, and so I have no idea who you are talking about or anything else about the plot points. And truthfully, I'm not sure that I ever will see any of these, "One Life To Live", it is just not of any interest to me...Not sure why...BUT, that's how it is, my dear.

LOVE the Cast, though.....LOL!

Reading this made me realize that I haven't seen any movies in the theater all summer. I'm developing a list of "films I want to see" that equals the "books I want to read" list. I definitely want to see this one. I'm like you, I've never read the books--gasp, but I've enjoyed all the movies except maybe the last one which seemed a little slow.

My daughter saw it yesterday and loved it.One of my blogger friends worked on the special effects, so I definitely want to support his work.

I just brought Little Orieyenta to see this since she is a big Harry Potter fan. Her only comment throughout the movie was, "If Voldemort is such a great wizard, why doesn't he make himself a nose?" Gotta love her and her little mind.

Not having children, I'm woefully behind in all things Potter. However, I love your take on this, most especially the bit about NCLB (does that surprise you?), but your take on all the actors is great, too.

Having been underwhelmed by the Potter books I've read, I did see the movie this weekend, and I'm still amazed at the fact that Harry is possibly the most passive "hero" in the history of fiction. In this movie, he finally takes some action, but it's not his idea. He never manages to win a battle until someone else tells him what to do. He's always saved at the last minute by someone either telling him the correct spell to use or sending him an anonymous gift of some kind. It is truly odd to me that such a do-nothing character is seen as the big hero of all these books and films.

But then, as someone wrote on a message board somewhere, it's also amazing that JK Rowling has made more money than God by basically writing Diana Wynne Jones fanfic.


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