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Old August 31st, 2009, 9:48 pm
Myrmedus  Male.gif Myrmedus is offline
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Re: Half-Blood Prince Movie Reviews v.2

Originally Posted by MinervasCat View Post
After thinking over the HPB and why I just wasn't that impressed with it, it seemed to me that it started off all wrong. The scene that was supposed to be, I guess, a connection between the end of OotP and HBP, with Harry and Dumbledore standing there and flashes going off all around them, then Harry in the restaurant, and then Dumbledore in the train station....
While they did deviate from the book I personally found these to be some of the better scenes, especially the opening scene because there were no words spoken but it was just charged with emotion especially the gesture from Dumbledore - it completely setup the relationship between DD and Harry and said it all in a single, comforting gesture.

B for me - good adaptation, hit many of the right notes and a couple of the scenes were so on key and memorable that even if the movie had been vastly inferior it still would've been an enjoyable experience.

My main gripes with the movie were:

- The Horcruxes weren't discussed or explained enough and there needed to be one additional memory of Voldemort's. I also felt a proper explanation of the prophecy, like in the book, should've come in these discussions.

- Harry/Ginny wasn't done appropriately for me. In the book it feels like these two are physically pulled together but in the movie it's more like Ginny being lecherous.

- Harry's positioning at DD's death; deviations are a part of movie adaptations, they're required in many cases and the three main cases are where the original scene is either: too costly to follow, too long or is simply cut. With DD's death scene Harry standing underneath had no reason that filled those criteria. They didn't save any time or much budget from this deviation from the book, and if anything it required more time because of the brief exchange with Snape - it was essentially pointless. The only possible thing I can think of is that somehow it'll be relevant to a scene in the DH movie.

- I would've liked to see SOME hint of a battle in Hogwarts at the end, they needn't have even shown it that much (since we miss most of it in the book's narration anyway) but at least shown the wake of it while Harry legs it through after Snape.

I didn't mind the Burrow Scene because even though it was irrelevant in a story context it was necessary in a cinema context - movie fans aren't the same as people who read books, they're used to be visually entertained almost constantly and the medium itself is considerably shorter with books taking days to read yet a movie being over in a couple of hours; this means an action scene near the middle of the book was needed and the Burrow Scene filled this slot.

Lastly, I loved Gambon's portrayal in this, I thought it was spot on and the Underground Lake scene was excellent.

Last edited by Myrmedus; August 31st, 2009 at 10:00 pm.
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