Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on the weekend - surprisingly, loved it! The only Harry Potter movie that I liked up until now was the Prisoner of Azkaban, although the Goblet of Fire wasn't bad. So I wasn't expecting much.

I think they did a fantastic job of making a complicated book understandable. They cut things out, yeah, and the purists will have an issue with that, I guess. But we all know that when you turn a novel into a movie you have to change stuff, and I think they changed the right stuff.

The two stand-out performances were, for me, the young Tom Riddle of Dumbledore's memories - who looked like a choir-boy but was deliciously creepy. The other was Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn. I've always liked Jim Broadbent - it's difficult not to - but I don't know if I've ever liked him as much as I did in this movie. He was exactly the right choice for Slughorn. He also made me giggle with delight for approximately two minutes after his hilarious, PERFECT performance at the funeral of Aragog.


Miss Chevious said...

this was the first time i didn't reread the book before watching the movie...and my experience was more pleasant for it. it's been so long since i read the book, i wasn't all up in arms about "changes" and whatnot which is how i always walked out of previous movies. POA is still my favorite. :)

Jennie said...

Yes! I really loved both of their performances as well. And I thought the girl who played Lavender was a riot. That scene in the train where she draws a heart on the glass was fantastic.

LEstes65 said...

I think I need to have an HP marathon weekend or something. I know I've seen a couple. But I think I need to watch them all in sequence. I do want to see this latest one but I don't love the series enough to pay all that money. So I'll wait for the DVD.