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Deathly Hallows pt 2 thoughts
I was mostly satisfied with part 2, though the whole film felt a bit unbalanced as it was pretty much all the Battle of Hogwarts and very little else.

* Enjoyed the Gringotts scene, but I think killing Griphook off was a cheap shot. I guess the beauty of the books is that you get the nuances of the characters and we know that Griphook wants the sword because it's a piece of goblin craftsmanship and there's all this history of wizards taking stuff like this from the goblins, he's not taking it because he's mean and just wants to spite Harry. And killing him off in the way they did just made the whole act look like karmic payback for him acting against the heroes. I don't know, I GUESS I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT GOBLIN/WIZARD RELATIONS.

* The Prince's Tale was done beautifully, the complete showcase of why Alan Rickman was perfect casting for Snape. The only bit I found a bit questionable was the image of Snape bawling over Lily's corpse. I know Snape's a woobie, but I still have difficulty picturing him going into a breakdown like that. Also chibi!Snape was just like the most perfect example of an emo kid ever.

* I didn't think it was possible, but the Malfoys came off as even bigger cowards in the film than they did in the book. Narcissa checking on Harry was great, but the Malfoys got the fuck out of there before the final battle even went ahead, instead of in the book where Lucius and Narcissa were just running around trying to find Draco while all the fighting was going on. I think overall Draco really got short shrift in the films- the later films did better with his character development, but he definitely wasn't as prominent a character.

* Yeah, there were a lot of glaring omissions. I think probably the worst was that Wormtail's death was completely left out of the film, wtf. I wasn't really expecting any further developments with Remus/Tonks, but they may as well have left out the bit where Harry asked ghost!Remus about his son- we got no hint that Tonks was even pregnant, let alone anything about Teddy. I was disappointed that the Grey Lady's backstory got shafted too- they had Kelly 'Flawless Emmy Nominee' MacDonald playing her and we get none of the tragic Baron/Grey Lady story?!

* Ralph Fiennes was killing it (no pun intended) in this film- that creepy bit where he was embracing Draco while pointing the wand was crazy awesome.

* I knew Ciaran Hinds was playing Aberforth, but damn. They really buried him under the prosthetics/beard/wig to the point where you really couldn't tell it was him. It was a good effort to make him look like Michael Gambon's brother though.

* IDK about other screenings, but at my screening just about everyone laughed through the epilogue. I think mostly it was because the production people made only the vaguest attempts to try and make the characters look like they were in their late thirties. Hermione looked like she was saying goodbye to her little brother. And don't even get me started on Draco and that beard, oh God.

If I had to pick my favourite adaptation, it'd probably be PoA. I still don't understand why it got so much hate, the films needed to get darker and less whimsical than the first two and I regret that Alfonso Cuaron didn't stick around to direct future films; it also had the best score of all the films IMHO. I still have a soft spot for Philosopher's Stone too, just because it was the first film and seeing all the characters on the screen for the first time was, uh, kind of magic? Also, Ian Hart- I am a total stan for him now because of his playing Quirrell. FIERCE, FLAWLESS, FUTURE OSCAR WINNER, BEST ACTOR TO PLAY JOHN LENNON, ETC.

I've spent this past week living with a mild cold that reduced my voice to a croak and yet was still not severe enough to merit me taking off time from work (which I wouldn't want to do anyway, as a newbie). There has been a lot of coughing and nasties coming from my throat and nose, but I haven't really felt that crap, oddly enough.

Got a summons for jury duty in the mail yesterday, fml. Think I'll probably be able to get out of it- my New Employer has taken me on as a trainee and I'm required to work a forty hour week as a trainee and attend training sessions- but it's more that I'll have to wait until Monday before I can get on the phone to my work supervisor and beg him to give me a written declaration stating that I can't possibly serve on a jury at this time. I dread the prospect, though mum did jury duty earlier this year and was actually surprised at how much the courts compensated her for it. But still, the prospect of missing out on training for a prolonged period bothers me and I'm hoping to wriggle out of this as soon as possible.

I haven't had a chance to watch the new Torchwood eps yet either. I think tomorrow afternoon is going to be devoted to catching up on my tv viewing.

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dives From: dives Date: July 17th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think Cuaron's adaptation was just such a huge leap from Columbus' slavish devotion that everyone got whiplash. Plus it felt like an adult film...not pornographic or anything, but it didn't feel like a kids' film in the same way that, say, Pan's Labyrinth isn't a kids' film. It didn't even feel like a teen film! I don't hate PoS-- I think probably OOtP is my favorite of the adaptations, probably because it's my least favorite of the books and I liked that they streamlined so much of the story-- but I don't really want to rewatch it the same way I would, say, rewatch HBP. I think Yates did a good balancing act, though I know some people get their knickers in a twist over his supposed H/Hr thing.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 18th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
DAT GIF. *_* Are there any more?! If I actually knew how to make gifs, I'd do some from Strictly Sinatra. Seeing Kelly Macdonald in DH reminded me of how cute she and Ian were in that movie.

I picked my favourite based on the re-watch value. PS I would watch out of nostalgia, but PoA I'd watch because it was a beautifully made film. I have to admit it's probably been a year or two since I watched PS or CoS, but I felt that there were some scenes in those films that were played for younger children and it felt kind of....cheap- I guess?- to put them in there. Like the way they portrayed the Bloody Baron, for example, as this OTT jolly ghost that just happened to have some blood on his waistcoat instead the mysterious sombre figure in the book. I appreciated that the subsequent films were less about those kinds of gags and maybe a touch more in the spirit of the books.

I'm going to stop before this becomes TL;DR though. I'm tempted- when DH pt 2 is out on dvd- to sit down and watch all the films in order and see how much my opinion of them has changed since I first saw them. There's bound to be an impressive dvd box set of the films coming somewhere in the near future...

Edited at 2011-07-18 11:29 am (UTC)
dives From: dives Date: July 18th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
lololololo just realized I referred to PoA as PoS, how rude of me! I know what you mean about the feel of the first two-- I dunno, maybe it was just an Americanization/Hollywoodization thing going on. Chris Columbus' films like Home Alone, Bicentennial etc. are all very bright and almost wacky, but certainly not mysterious. Apparently Terry Gilliam was JKR's choice for the first movie-- I think that would've been very good, considering what he did with Time Bandits, but probably not ~commercial~ enough for American audiences.

I just found the gif on Tumblr! I think it's just part of a general nostalgia/Pottermania as opposed to someone making IH gifs though (ALAS).
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