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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bad Grawp! Down, boy!

Mrs. Troll and I made it to an early showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We had a nice time, but I think we agree it wasn't so great.

Perhaps a variation on Rule Number One? No series of movies is ceaselessly brilliant? (Well, they weren't ever brilliant, but they were fun.) Order of the Phoenix was just a little bland.

I think the real problem is that the books have gotten insanely heavy. They're not possible to cut down to movie size - too many things are happening, and we can't learn anything about the characters.

That's my two cents! I hope you enjoy it more. Please discuss amongst yourselves in the comments...

1 comment:

Billy Goat said...

I agree that books have too much information to put on-screen in any kind of satisfying way.

The only real way to do it is to cut liberally and try to get at least some of it right. Often, however, I think the movie people try to do too much, and end up with something that isn't much good at anything. Also, sometimes they make stupid decisions for the wrong reasons.

Ha, right off the top of my head I can think of an an example of stupid decision in a Harry Potter movie. In the first movie, the director cut a lot of plot from the story, and it felt rushed and thin. However, the director thought it important to keep some insignificant parts about Norbert (a part that seemed tailor-made for cutting). My guess is that he thought some combination of, "Cool. A CGI dragon. The audiences will love this," and, "Crap. We spent a bunch of money creating this CGI dragon footage. We had better use it."