Harry potter and the Half Blood Prince (the movie)

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  1. D_Jared Padalicki

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    Just had the chance to see that movie. High expectations. But to be honest, worst movie ever of the Harry Potter serie, nice features, nice graphics, nice surroundings etc. But so many things were wrong. And then, suddenly, in the middle of the movie, a whole episode that came from nowhere! I was glad that the movie was over.

    But I guess only the people who read the book will be annoyed. It was bad and so many things were incorrect. I know that when making a movie based on a novel, you have to give in on things, but to do things wrong, especially when they were done right in the previous movies...:mad: I'm bothered, clearly :rolleyes:
     
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    That is why I will see the movie before I buy the novel. This way I can visualise the storyline in the novel better.
     
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    Oh no! I liked the book. I'll send me sisters to see it and if they think it's crap too, I wont bother! :D
     
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    I had tickets to see it tomorrow (Friday) but an opportunity came up to see it yesterday and I jumped at the chance (Orange Wednesdays, for those in the know!).

    I too was really disappointed with the film. I thought it was uneventful, dull and anticlimactic. I was waiting for what I remembered as an excellent ending to the book and it just didn't happen in the film. For the first time as well, I really noticed how flat a lot of the younger actors were.

    I know its Harry Potter and not Shakespeare, but I was actually bored for a lot of the movie, I thought it had waaaaay to much "teenage relationship angst" and not enough "things actually happening". The final 30 minutes of the film were a huge disappointment and a complete waste of what was an excellent conclusion in the book.

    (Note: I'm not the worlds biggest "Potter" fan, I read all of the books once and watch the movies, but I know a few big fans who have also been very let down by it.)
     
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    Indeed. Too much teenage love, too little action. The scene with the fire was very cool though. But that was about it.
     
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    Yeah I saw it opening night. Never got around to reading the 6th book so I don't even know what they cut out, but I could tell you it was missing a lot. It just seemed contrived and, for lack of a better word, hokey at points.

    Overall I thought it was entertaining but definitely did not live up to the hype. If you haven't seen it and can wait, wait to rent it. Not worth the 11 dollars at some theaters.
     
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    I heard Hermoine looked gooood lol
     
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    To be fair to the makers of the film, book six is the worst of the lot anyway... but still, they could have done a better job of it.
    The lasting memory with this one will be too much important stuff taken out and too much random shit put in.

    (I am however a BIG fan of the increased roles of Professors Mcgonagle and Snape as they have had very small parts since film one and they are two of the best characters in the story.)
     
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    ^ agreed about the characters Art!
     
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    Oh no there's a shame! :frown:

    I was going to see it this weekend.
    I've waited for the dvd in the past as not a fan of cinemas full of kids but was going to go see this one on the big screen as part of it was filmed not far from here!
     
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    Yup, the ones who can act , they left out most of the time! It is maybe a hard book to film, but they did much better in the previous movies. So many things were overdone and incorrect.
     
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    I also thought there were massive parts of the film that made no sense and added nothing to the story - lots of fragmented scenes and the editing was really awful, resulting in a random collection of events leading up to a totally uneventful ending. They could have done so much more.
     
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    i enjoyed the multiple scenes of the drunk people in the movie. how herm. was a light weight, harry seemed like he was high after the lucky stuff.
     
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    I've got some original film artwork signed in the actors own blood if anyone's interested?...they're half-blood prints. ;)
     
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    Wow Joll thats a long way to go for a pun but well done :)
     
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    there were funny things in the movie, of course, out of the tthree I think Rupert Grint can act the best.

    But major things in the book weren't in the movie. Like the fact that Harry was frozen when Dumbledore died, or that there was a huge fight at the end in the castle. I never saw Fleur Delacour, the gf of Bill Weasley. In the middle of the movie suddenly bellatrix appeared and put the house of the weasleys in fire, that didn't happened in the book. I'm very disappointed.
     
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    I actually thought this was the best out of the movies. And I've read all the books multiple times. You can't go into a movie expecting it to be verbatim to what you've read.
     
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    Thanks dude. :biggrin1:
     
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    I think the book is the best of all in the series. I loved reading it and thought that finally we get to see some serious magic go down. I'm sorry to read they botched the movie.
     
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    I haven't seen the new movie yet. Below are my views of the last 3 films in the Harry Potter series.

    I thought Prisoner of Azkaban was the best of the series, although in some ways it was Daniel Radcliffe's weakest performance. It has great music and a great visual style, and a great combination of darkness and humor. I would expect nothing less from a director like Alfonso Cuaron.

    Goblet of Fire was OK, but a little disappointing because they took out more than they needed to. I understand quite well that they couldn't have fit everything in, but each scene felt like a mediocre summary of what happened, rather than a well-done film adaptation of the story. Even though it was 157 minutes, which is a fairly long film, it didn't feel like a long film (which is good), but I was left wanting more (which is bad). I honestly think it could have been a much better movie with another 20 minutes or so of material. (And--I'm almost afraid to say this--I think Ralph Fiennes is an over-rated actor who is disappointing as Voldemort. I'm not sure who I would have preferred, but I'm sure they could have found someone who was capable of a darker, more sinister interpretation of the role--someone with more presence.) It's still a pretty good film and does a LOT of things right, but that makes its flaws all the more annoying. I rather wish Cuaron had stayed on as the director because I would have loved to have seen what he would have done with it.

    Not counting the latest film which, as I said, I have not yet seen, I think The Order of the Phoenix is the worst one so far. I can't quite remember what it was that I didn't like about it, but I saw it shortly after reading the book and I just kept thinking, "No, no, no--you're doing it wrong." (Oh dear, I sound rather like Hermione, don't I? Well, why shouldn't I? She's one sharp witch.)

    It does not surprise me that people are disappointed by The Half-Blood Prince, since it has the same director, David Yates, as Order of the Phoenix. Alas, Yates is also directing both of the Deathly Hallows films. Maybe the fact that he gets two films in which to tell the final story he'll get it right. (Or, he'll screw it up twice as badly.)

    I don't quite agree that Half-Blood Prince is the worst book. Although I liked Order of the Phoenix, it was almost intolerable waiting for the action to start. After Voldemort returned in the Goblet of Fire, I was expecting the story of the 2nd war against Voldemort to really begin. Instead, we got well over 800 pages of surly teenaged angst. Don't get me wrong, it was good character development and demonstrated a Judy Blume-like understanding of a teenager's view of the world and their emotional ups and downs, but it wasn't really a story about the Order of the Phoenix, now was it? It was more of a story against an incompetent, Nazi-esque teacher and a budding totalitarian government. Actually, now that I think about it, that's a pretty good story to tell and probably and important one for teenagers to read, but unfortunately the story of the war against Voldemore took a back seat, which is very strange after the dramatic climax of Goblet.

    At least in Half-Blood Prince, we get back to the war against Voldemort, and Harry becomes an active participant in the war. On the down side, his participation consisted almost entirely of visiting old memories about Tom Riddle, so it felt rather like being forced to look through someone else's photo album when what you really want to be doing is meeting the people in person and finding out what they are up to and who they've become.

    In Halfblood, I liked the Slughorn character--on the one hand he's greedy, shallow, and self-centered--a bit of a gourmand, for lack of a better description, except that he enjoys people as well as food--yet he's a good teacher who is NOT evil. His rejection of Voldemort is admirable, he feels guilty for his role in helping Tom Riddle become Voldemort, and his affection for Harry's mother is rather touching. I also like the sympathetic portrayal of Draco, and I like how Harry unknowingly relates to Snape--in some ways the two have more in common than Harry has with his father.

    That's my two cents (and then some). I'll shut up now.
     
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