Movie Review: Harry Potter And The Half-Price Bargain
Sorry, sorry, I know, how despicably flippant of me! – anyway, me and SuperSusan are toddling off to see the aforementioned big-screen hextravaganza. Report later.
Blimey. I know that movie demands frequently alter the plots of books, but … what happened to the big battles in the corridors of Hogwarts? And was there ever a more underused actor than Alan Rickman – for all that the movie title is ‘HP and the Half-Blood Prince’ (the HBP being the Snape character), Rickman scarcely gets screen time appropriate to his characters narrative standing in the book. But hey, lets face it, by the time she got to book 5 JK Rowling’s grasp on the plot dynamics was looking pretty shakey. As a book, Half-Blood Prince was sadly a dogs dinner; the number of great dramatic possibilities that JKR overlooked was, well, heartbreaking really. And the film unfortunately communicated that uncertainty, resulting in a half-baked story. I am irresistibly reminded of the 3rd Matrix movie, and the utterly craven copout shuck of that movie’s denouement – yeah, after all that struggle and blood and fighting and Trinity’s death, the rebels and the computer sentience came to a truce, a frakking truce.
Which is not a dramatically satisfying conclusion. HBP’s downer ending makes Empire Strikes Back look like Star Wars: New Hope. The death 0f Dumbledore has no contrast, no lesser triumphs for those left behind, no counterblow struck, no consolation victory. And now it seems that the final volume, Deathly Hallows, will emerge as two moviesl; having read it, I`m not optimistic.
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