Friday, July 13, 2007
I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night. It was pretty good.
I think it's very hard to translate the Harry Potter books to film. Part of what makes the books so interesting is the extreme detail in them. They have a cast of hundreds of characters, each with their own little stories that continue throughout the series. The plot plays out in thousands of little details that set up later events. This works in a book that takes a dozen hours to read, but is hard to squish into a 3-hour movie. Sometimes it results in a feeling of "here is the scene from the book when X happens, here is the scene from the book where Y happens" rather than really being a cohesive movie.
Still, it was about as well-executed as it could be. I found the acting and direction to be the best so far. It's far less cheesy than previous movies, mostly because of the dark subject matter. So it's a great movie, for what it is.
I also finished part of my comprehensive exams, finally. It's good to be done. I better pass.
There may not be any posts here for a few days. I'm working on an in-depth post about some heavy stuff. It's an exposé about Dani and her crew. Stay tuned.