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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.



The movie differs from the book - I've always felt that Rowling never intended for Dumbledore to really be dead, there are so many howlingly obvious hints to it in the book that if she wasn't trying to set it up, her continuity is just dreadful. In the movie they had a chance to make it seem less suspicious, and indeed it is, even if it still doesn't make a lot of sense. It feels contrived; a wizard who is one moment putting down an entire zombie apocalypse in a raging inferno of hoodoo is not believably felled by a schoolboy the next. So boo for plot continuity.

The Director's Hall is a crock, by the way - while they will bring food to your seat, there's only one person in the entire theater running orders, and they're just slinging the same stuff from the concession stand anyway. What's more, they bring it in styrofoam containers that are incredibly loud and make scrunchy sounds. Add to that the fact that the people sitting next to me (who literally smelled like goats) brought their infant child, who fussed and cried through the entire movie, and I wasn't bowled over by the alleged "de-lux" aspect of the Bridge's Cinema experience.

Still, a fine movie and it's your nerdly duty to go see it.

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keyboardninja
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Davy! Emma Watson is legal in this one!
keyboardninja
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
I had a few issues.

First, there's no internal self-contained story going on while also advancing the main metaplot. I understand that this book sets up the last book, which will be the next two movies, but at the same time, it meant that I felt no climax or resolution or ending to this film, and walked away very disappointed in that regard.

In previous movies, Harry is much more badass than he is in this one. He gets owned in this film without his typical near-victorious struggle. That left me wanting and wondering what happened on that front.

Enjoyable, but lacking.
aghrivaine
Jul. 16th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I agree that this movie didn't have a strong beginning, middle and end. And you're right, Harry is basically a passenger in this one, more of a liability than an asset - he gets rescued a lot, but isn't much help to anyone. Even his role as Quidditch King is underplayed.
regina_of_york
Jul. 16th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Alan Rickman is like bacon
Ohhhh, yes. *nods*
lauraluvsbacon
Jul. 29th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
YESSS!! TO this!!

**Alan Rickman is like bacon - everything is better with him in it...I'd be perfectly satisfied to watch 90 minutes of Alan Rickman condescending to people.**

The end.

Nice review, btw!
aghrivaine
Jul. 29th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Heck, I'd even be willing to watch 90 minutes of Alan Rickman condescending to ME.
lauraluvsbacon
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I would be willing to PAY for those kinds of services from Mr. Rickman! ;)
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