anghara (anghara) wrote,

Fine, then. Pottermovie.

Went this afternoon, in the company of mareklamo - I bought tickets in advance and we got there a full 35-40 minutes early, well, wouldn't YOU? It's the Pottermovie, and it grossed 193 BILLION dollars so far, and there would be lines and lines and lines, wouldn't there..."

Nope. No lines. When we got there the theatre we were to see the show in - and it was showing in three separate theatres - was empty, and I mean EMPTY, of anyone other than ourselves. By the time the show started the place was half full. Hmmmm.

But anyway.

rdeck's comment was succcint, as usual - "Too many special effects, too little story.".

This being one of the longest books, it was astonishing that they managed to stuff, what was it, more than 700 pages into two hours of movie - and that was an achievement. There were some luminous moments (I particularly loved it when the cat ate the eavesdropping ear. Giggle.) But on the whole - whether it was because they left too much out or because I am just not enough of a Potterphile to know the details that everyone else on the planet already knows - I felt vaguely adrift. The movie is called "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" - but we got pretty short shrift on the Order, really, and were left to fill out the rest by inference. And most important, for me, was that the storyline seemed to hinge on something of an idiot plot. ALl sane people could see that the minister of magic was kind of losing it (that huuuuuuge banner picture of himself, anyone?... And nobody cares?). The transparent plot to frame, destroy or neutralise Harry. The idea that the kids band together to learn defense from the dark arts by themselves is great, fine, but... "Dumledore's army"? After DUmbledore has basically blown off Harry to the extent that he is shown to have done so - Harry's wounded feelings let him call this group "Dumbledore's army"? And even if he did - what's the point of everyone signing that damning piece of paper, with Dumbledore's Army prominent on the top, no less? Just so that the minister could "corner" Dumbledore with it? As long as we're on Dumbledore, he thought that distancing himself from Harry at this crucial juncture would help him be less tempted by the Dark Lord (blink, how does that work, again? At a crucial time in the life of a boy who had hitherto been a treasured protege, he thinks distancing himself will HELP?) And his reason - he doesn't tell Harry anything that could help him because *he didn't want to cause him any more pain*? Just what did he think would happen?)

And oh, by the way, seeing Harry's Daddy torturing young Snape...? Much becomes clear...
Yes, Harry is hormonal and angsty. He didn't need to be misled and lied to by the very people he trusted.

Oh, and one more thing, and it's something my OWN YA editor is always pulling me up on.

This is a young adult novel - or at least HP started out that way. But even if it wasn't one, it's the PROTAGONIST who should solve his or her own problems, and in this instance, it's the kids. Having the best of the best of the youngsters basically mousetrapped by the deatheaters - only to have the "Order of the Phoenix" adults pop in conveniently with Sirius saying menacingly to Malfoy, "Get away from my godson"... well, it's the cavalry. It's the ADULT cavalry. It felt like... cheating.

And that last line? "We have something the Dark Lord doesn't... something worth fighting for."

Sorry. So does he. What he feels to be worth fighting for may not have value for or even be comprehensible to Harry and Co., but it's worth something to Voldemort or else he would not be there.

One sweet moment in the show - when the minister shows up, at the end, and says, sounding astonished, "he IS back!" - a male voice somewhere in the back of the theatre said into the silence, "Well, duh!" Kind of summed it up... [grin]

Verdict: "Azkaban" remains my favourite movie. This one... entertaining, but I'll give it a C.

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