I'm a big fan of Harry Potter. The books and also the movies and I've been looking forward to the release of the Half-Blood Prince for a while. I got a pass out from Mr K to go see it with a friend last night. I wasn't disappointed.
I'd read several reviews for the film online and to be honest probably more than half of them were less than complementary. Not that I usually listen to anything film critics have to say, because clearly, from past evidence, what do they know? Having seen the film now I suspect that people's disappointment with it comes from them expecting it to be like the book. Which is never going to happen. I've long since stopped going to see films made from books with this expectation, and losing that expecting makes the whole movie viewing process much more enjoyable. It's a movie. Not a book. You're never going to get the subtleties that can come across in writing over on the big screen. You're never going to get the plot in in its entirety (lets face it, when film makers even try to do that people always complain the films are too long anyway!). It is what it is, and personally I thought it did it rather well.
So, my own little movie review for the Half-Blood Prince?
Not so dark as the last two films, but no less enjoyable for it. The whole thing is much more "Teenage-angsty" than the others (you can see these kids growing up before your eyes I think) and it was handled really well, with compassion, and frustration and a little humour for good measure. The usually unflappable Herimone shows a completely different side in this film (much more vunerable and 3 dimensional). Ron is on absolutely excellent form (I think I laughed more at him than any of the others). Harry is, well, Harry. He has the usual mopey moments but also some gems (he's particularly amusing when he takes the Felix Felicis potion). Whilst I'm not usual a Helena Bonham Carter fan, I must say she does psychotic dark witch to perfection, She's looped!
There was lots of stuff missing from the book plot (none of it vital to the story) and a couple of additions - one of which I thought was completely uncalled for.......it made me a little sad :( (but I won't give it away)) but overall the story was well told and all the important bits were there.
The only thing really overlooked, I felt, was the amount of Dumbledore's Army action. We didn't see anywhere near enough of Mr Longbottom (although Looney Lovegood was her usual enigmatic self). I expected more from the DA as they feature so prominently in the last half of the last book. Ah well, we shall see where the two parter Deathly Hallows movies go with that.
My best assessment. Go wearing your movie-goers hat and not your bookworm hat and you won't be disappointed (although make sure you pee before you go and expect numb bum cheeks....its a LONG film (not that I noticed how much time had passed).
Right, now I've got all my HP excitement out. Onto other excitement.
This lovely collection of things arrived in the post for me yesterday (just in time to rescue me from some housework!):
These are my Seaside Swap goodies from the lovely Rachel over at Contented. Here's what was inside:
A sweet little stripey zippy pouch (that's going to live in my bag to hold all those bits that I can't find because they're always rattling around the bottom); a gorgeous mini quilt (which will go in the craft room with my rainbow one from Lucy's Mini quilt swap. I have two....that's officially a collection! hurrah!); some santuary body spray (yummy smell), a sweet little candle and seaside sign and some embroidery patches. And finally, did you see it there, mmmmmmmm Green and Blacks *drool* Demolished with a cup of coffee around 10 minutes after opening the package. Did I mention mmmmmmmmmm. Thank you so much Rachel, I love them!
I just hope I can get Rachel's sent to her before the summer is over!
Right, off to dancing with Grace shortly, then off to watch Mr K be sporty at a local park in the name of charity (and on his birthday and everything).