Friday, July 13, 2007

From Popper to Potter

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.


SharkBoy said...

I just started reading the books this year, I didn't have the interests before, but when she started talking about publishing the last one, I thought I'd give it a try... and read the 6 books in a row like a maniac... #5 was my favourite and I can't wait to go see the movie this weekend.

sarah said...

Yeah, sorry I forgot to ask you about your comps. Glad to hear you did good!! Yay Dr. Phronky!

I'm going to see the new Harry Potter only once I am done my thesis as a reward. So maybe in December. Do you thikn it will still be in theatres by then? *cry*

Phronk said...

Sharkboy: Yeah I really liked book 5 myself. I hope you enjoyed the movie!

Sarah: Thanks! Hey, maybe it'll be on DVD by December, and then you can save a few bucks. See? That's called looking on the bright side. Now stop enjoying yourself and get back to work.

Dead Robot said...

I can see how this one will be the stand out of the series since the director was the least known of the bunch (so far), yet managed to bring more character points than the rest while juggling the plot. And manage to do it with some pretty snazzy effects and shots.

Much like Empire was the best of all the Star Wars movies.

Now...get back to studying, you lazy git.

Anonymous said...

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Sue said...

I wanted more "oomph" in the final fight/battle scene -- a tad disappointed but overall loved the HP movie -- favorite character -- LUNA -- Loved her :)

Jason said...

I can't wait to read your Dani post.

limpy99 said...

Let me guess, you're going to expose Dani as a religious extremist with rabid homophobic views?

Um, too late.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

An expose post?! It better be good.

Congrats on finishing your exams.

Glad you like Harry.

Shora said...

I just love everything Potter. The movie was excellent. I'll be reading my pre-ordered final book with my breakfast coffee on Saturday.

Waiting with bated breath for the Dani post... and her response.

Mitzzee said...

oh no, more crazy dani antics STILL???? i thought we were all done with her and her religious fanatical satire. hasn't someone murdered her yet?

S said...

Is there such a thing as the Coles Notes for the Harry Potter series?

I don't know if I'd want to read them all. Fuck, that would take forever.