July 15th, 2009

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Harry Potter and Alan "Bacon" Rickman

I risk being a cliche (or rather, of confirming it) by coming home directly from Harry Potter 6 to write about it on the internet, but here I go.

Alan Rickman is like bacon - everything is better with him in it, and the more the better. He steals every scene he's in, and has perfect the lordly stink-eye to such a degree that I think I'd be perfectly satisfied to watch 90 minutes of Alan Rickman condescending to people.

The rest is downhill. Oh, don't get me wrong - it's a beautiful movie, possibly even more stunning than the last few, and the casting is, as usual, dead on; Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn is particularly excellent and brings much of the non-Snape-related lightness to an otherwise very dark movie. The principles have come along nicely, maturing as actors as they've matured. (Particularly Emma Watson, about whom I can not say much without committing a felony. In my mind.)

But the pacing is weird and very stop-and-go. The film has few action scenes, and lots and lots of exposition, some of it deftly done and some of it rather plonkingly delivered. "Professor, tell me that important secret that we've alluded to several times, and explain it in a flashback, if you please?" In the end, it feels much longer than it is. What's more, John Williams is no longer doing the music, and the new composer (Nicholas Hooper) is thoroughly uninspired and uninspiring.

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