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July 19th, 2009


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08:24 pm - Potter Potter Potter Potter...
So, today I went and saw the Half-Blood Prince at the movies. I had an awful lot of fun watching it, but I have no idea how much of said fun comes from any inherent quality in the actual film, and how much was just because I was sitting next to laurenmitchell and we spent pretty much the entire movie laughing hysterically every two minutes (and probably frightening everyone else in the cinema).

Yeah, some of the stuff that cracked us up was the intentional comedy. And some was just random fannishness, or stuff that is amusing in retrospect having read Deathly Hallows (Oh, Dumbledore and his talk of young love ;_;) or, you know, hilarious subtext.

Most notable of which was the Snape and Draco scene, which started out subtexty enough already, and then Snape pinned Draco to the wall and I utterly lost it, and then one of them mentioned protection and I was laughing so hard I was crying.

To borrow a bit of our whispered conversation:
laurenmitchell: "That's not even subtext!"
drakyndra: "No, no, Draco's definitely the sub."


I have to wonder, though, how well the movie held up for people who hadn't read the book, as few as they may be. Because yeah, I could follow what was going on, given I've read the book multiple times, but I did wonder if without all the day-to-day transitional stuff that was cut how much people could follow things.

Oh, and NOT ENOUGH RON BEING AWESOME! Damn, writers, try to remember the main characters are a trio, not just Harry&Hermione plus one.

Also, I was... not entirely pleased with the ending.

When I first read the book, I teared up at "I am with you", and was basically crying for the rest of the freaking book. With the film, aside from the horrible omission of that particularly awesome line, I just... wasn't nearly as effected (though everyone gathered around Dumbledore's body came close).

There was none of the tension from poor Harry, trapped and watching helpless and he can't do anything to help Dumbledore. There was none of the tension of the battle going on in Hogwarts - why were the other Death Eaters even there? Also: Snape didn't loses his shit nearly enough when he got called a coward. Rickman's decent, but I've always found his Snape, aside from being a bit old, is far too deadpan and doesn't show nearly enough of his epic rage issues. Yes, they're childish, that's the point: Snape, hell, pretty much everyone from that generation seems to be emotionally stuck in their teenage years. It would have shown just how freaking effected by what he had to do he was, as opposed to being so... controlled.

I also thought Snape is doing it on Dumbledore's orders was made far too obvious. But that's a different point.


On the plus side, the above quibbles aside, I didn't have any real problems with the acting (even Emma Watson seems to have quit with the eyebrow acting!). And it had some wonderfully impressive cinematography in parts.

...And now I want to read HP fic all over again. Dammit!

ETA: And on a note that is sort of related, and sort of ...not, Mother dearest has apparently gotten us tickets to see David Copperfield (that illusionist dude) when he's in Melbourne. Huh.
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From:frabjously
Date:July 19th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
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ETA: And on a note that is sort of related, and sort of ...not, Mother dearest has apparently gotten us tickets to see David Copperfield (that illusionist dude) when he's in Melbourne. Huh.

I saw him in Vegas and it's actually pretty awesome in the OMGWTFBBQ way.
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From:drakyndra
Date:July 19th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm just amused because one of the essays I wrote last semester was about the psychology behind illusions.

Though I suspect he's a talented enough illusionist to not be so obvious even when I sort of know how it works.
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From:frabjously
Date:July 19th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
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I used to be really obssessed with magic tricks and how they work, but like when a car appears on stage I'm really at odds to explain it. Probably Google has the answers.
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From:drakyndra
Date:July 19th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that one's a bit trickier to explain.
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From:blinvisible
Date:July 21st, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
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It has an identical twin!

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