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Saturday, 18 July 2009

"...I swear those girls are gonna kill me."

Reasons that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a good film adaptation:
  • Good character development. You get a real sense of the bonds forming between our protagonists.
  • Draco Malfoy has finally stopped looking like he is suffering from a wasting disease and puts in a strong performance, much less 'generic weasel' and more 'tormented soul'.
  • Crams a very big book into a good movie story. If you don't know the book, you won't be left wondering what it's all about.
  • Manages to cram in humour and emotion.
  • Definite sense that our heroes have grown into themselves and are much less whiny kids.
  • Maggie Smith now has shoulderpads. This should not be underestimated.
  • Cloaks Snape in ambiguity, just as it should.
  • Permenant shroud of darkness clouding Hogwarts, lending an ominous feel of impending disaster hovering above everyone's heads as life goes on.
  • Excellent sountrack underscores the film brilliantly, holding to the motifs we have come to know and love.
  • Helena. Bonham. Carter.
Reasons why Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is not a good film adaptation:
  • Misses a magical meleé through the halls of Hogwarts as is described in the novel, although this does serve a dramatic purpose in showing the vulnerability of all within its walls.
  • Despite being called 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', Harry seems remarkably unconcerned with finding out who the Half-Blood Prince is, so when it is revealed at the end, it's somewhat anti-climactic. In fact, by that point most of the audience had probably forgotten about it.
  • They have tried to cram a lot in to the story, but as such never really develop any of the threads fully, so while not leaving anything incomplete, nothing is really explored either.
  • Really needed to see the full depth of Harry's rage - he's meant to be trying to cast unforgiveable curses at the aforementioned Prince as he chases him down, instead he just throws Sectum Sempra at him. Again, this is sort of understandable given that it provides a context for the Prince to reveal his identity, but c'mon!
Most of this is quibbling. I really enjoyed the film on first showing, and I'll be going back for a second viewing to help make up my mind. More than anything else, however, it sets up well for the next in the series.

And Cormac McClaggen is hot.

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