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June 14th, 2004

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07:16 am - Harry Potter: POA

So, I wasn't disappointed in the movie until I had to explain all this stuff to hoppie about Moony, Padfoot, Prongs, and Wormtail, and Snape's grudge against Black. It mostly hung together as a movie for him, but he did have questions about it. I resented that they overplayed the sexual tension between the kids and downplayed the real anger between them, Hermione's isolation, her help with Hagrid's trial, although I did like Hagrid's suit, that was brilliantly done, and the real acrimony between Hermione, Harry, Ron.
Jill and Uncle Bruce's favorite part was Hermione slugging Malfoy.
Nessa hated the movie because it was too scary.
I liked the flight of the Hippogriff.
Hoppie is a pervert.
I also misliked that the patronus was so indistinct on the older Harry side. Younger Harry could see the stag, so why couldn't elder Harry?
I also miss Pig.
There are a few things I don't understand why they omitted such as:

  • Why not have Dudley watching Sirius Black on TV instead of that insipid dancing. It doesn't add to the timing much other than Harry saying "He was on the muggle news too." ("course he wuz. He's a danger. don't you know nuffink?")

  • The knight bus got out of the way of obsticles in this version, in the book it was the other way around. I liked stopping for the old lady, but I was expecting the busses to jump out of the Knight Busses way, not t'other way around.

  • No permission slip. One of the most touching moments at the end of PoA was Sirius Black sending the permission slip and promising to be seen far away from Hogwarts. He also never explained why he escaped, how he knew Pettigrew was alive after all these years, hoppie hasn't noticed that, but I beleive he will. It was set up properly, so I'm wondering if it was cut.

Afterwards we played Encore. It's a "board" game. You move your piece on the board and land on one of a number of colors and are giving a corresponding word or category. Your team than switches off with the other team to name songs that contain that word or fall into that category (like "rain" and "songs about love") Last time to correctly state a song within the 30 seconds allotted wins and takes the next turn. The final challenge is to do all the items on a card within 30 seconds, which we couldn't do. We ended up expanding to 60.
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Date:June 14th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
They definitely assumed everyone read the book fiurst - there were bunches of things they they alluded to or referenced in passing that happen in the book but not the movie. They just assume we know the history of Crookshanks and Scabbers, for instance, or the whole preparing for the trial bit. Anna wondered if they filmed more closely to the book then cut those pieces later too.

I also thought they should have shown Hagrid's loss of confidence in himself/the bad classes after teh hippogriff incident and also found the new locations of things a bit bewildering. Did the Whomping Willow get up and grow legs then replant itself in a new location? I found the Knight Bus scenes the only truly awful and unbearable part of the movie. It was just terrible and didn't capture the whimsical feel of the bus from the book. Even with all of htese problems I liked it quite a lot.

Did you like the end credits? My favorite bit was right at the end where they had a "Book of Monsters Repair Shop".
Date:June 14th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
Oh, and did you like Encore better this time? When we played it at your long ago birthday party at Kelly's you didn't like it at all.
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Date:June 14th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
I thought we played the boggle like game, where you have a word and each team writes down as many songs as they can and then you compare lists.
Date:June 14th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
No, never heard of such a beast. Although we did also play scattergories which is similar but not songs.
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Date:June 14th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
Anna wondered if they filmed more closely to the book then cut those pieces later too.
From what I read on one of the HP websites, they didn't actually cut much at all. The director streamlined the script and actually just left out stuff. This was a sort of by the way, there won't be too many deleted scenes on the DVD 'cause there weren't that many scenes cut.
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Date:June 14th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
I thought the movie was great..if a little action less..and lackin in substance..

the most interesting thing though was Ebert & Roeper's review of the movie..Roeper is a first class moron who didn't like LOTR because there were too many characters..I mean..wtf? He however did like PoA because you didn't need to read the book to understand it..umm..hello?? did he see the same movie I did? You totally had to at least have seen the first two movies (more than once) to understand the third one and reading the book would definitely help. He's such an idiot...he pains me..I find myself clenching my fists alot when he's reviewing something..I get the feeling Ebert does too..
Date:June 14th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
He really said you didn't need to read the book? Was he watching the same movie I saw. Jeesh. I miss Gene Siskel.
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Date:June 14th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna try to quote..but I'm sure it's more of a paraphrase

'I think even if you've never read any of the other books or seen the other two movies PoA stands alone as a creative triumph'

okay..not quite the same..but still kind of mind boggling..

Doesn't change the fact that Roeper is a short-sighted moron with the humor level of your average 11 yr old boy. :)

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