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26 July 2007 @ 10:48 pm
OotP: J'accuse  
I went to see the movie at long last. I have a pronounced distaste for full cinemas – I’d never dream of going to a premiere of anything. My patience was rewarded, for there were only about ten people in the theatre. Whoop whoop.

All the reviews I’ve read slated the film for being too rushed and action sequence-y. I didn’t go in prepared to like it. None of the films so far had impressed me much, and not one did I wish to see a second time (although I did buy all of them on DVD out of some twisted form of loyalty). Was I surprised to discover that OotP, The Movie, is far and away the best of the rest.

(Yes, is the answer to that.)

The biggest YAY of the film for me was the way it gave me that sickly-sweet rush of longing for the secret magical world of which I can’t be a part. I haven’t felt that since the end of OotP, the book. Two scenes engendered it: the broomride along the Thames and seeing people Floo into the Ministry of Magic. I know right? Floo? But like everyone’s saying, it’s in the little ordinary details of the magical world that JK shines.

I liked Tonks. This surprised me. I think she’s a total cipher in the books, but she was cute here. Still can’t see why she’d be attracted to Lupin or vice versa, but that’s a mystery to which JK only has the key. I wasn’t particularly sold on Luna. I liked her hair a lot – I wanted her hair – but she has the strangest Irish accent I’ve ever heard. And I’ve never heard it before! It sounded like a posh English person putting on an Irish accent. Posh Irish accents do not sound like that. In fact, everyone but Ron speaks like they have a rod wedged up their arse.

I liked that they wore Converse.

I liked Hermione’s scene with Grawp, where she orders him to put her down. That’s the only time Emma thing has been Hermione for me. Otherwise she’s just this girl with great hair who killed the real Hermione and stuffed her in a closet.

I liked Fred and George’s last hurrah. I think it came full circle, from Umbridge dousing their firework to the twins smashing all her decrees with the ultimate firework display. I don’t know why people hated it. I’m actually going to cry when Fred dies in the last film, and his death didn’t move me in the slightest in DH.

I really liked the battle scenes. And I’m a girl who yawned during Lord of the Rings. In fact, the whole Ministry battle was just fabbo. White light just does it for me, it would seem. The only thing I was iffy on was the curtain – it didn’t look like a curtain, so I = annoyed – plus Sirius’ death, which was just too quick.

I was amused by the OMG!EVERYWHERE Harry/Sirius subtext. And is it me, or did the nightmare scenes look like Harry was wanking? The bit where he woke Ron with his gasping ... oh god, never mind.

I think it helped that I haven’t read the book in three years. I wasn’t on the lookout for things missed or skated over or done wrong. I noticed they got a new scriptwriter – about bloody time – and as I said to my brother afterwards: they did rip out stuff, but they sewed up the tears neatly for once. I think it even did well as a stand alone movie. Even the bit where Umbridge uses Veritaserum to interrogate students – the scriptwriter actually sat down and thought: look, I can’t stuff everything into this, I have to cut Marietta and the office break-ins and Quidditch – but how can I still make it work with what I have left? Snape tells her he’s run out of Veritaserum, and it’s not just a dropped-in comment. It makes sense. All the others had this pastede on yaye feeling to them, full of otherwise nonsensical sops to the real (ie book) fans.

I didn’t like some things, of course. Why did Kingsley have to be capital E ethnic? And while Umbridge’s outfits were things of beauty and joys forever, the kid’s clothes were HORRIFIC. What was WITH all those disgusting striped sweaters? Ginny’s MAROON JEANS, when were they ever fashionable? And the JACKETS. OH THE JACKETS. I also saw people in the crowd scenes wearing velour tracksuits. I don’t expect the film-makers to realise that this was 1995, not 2005, but seriously. Velour =/= crime against 90s fashion.

I really loved this one. It was the first film that felt magical to me. And for some reason, it brought DH alive in a way JK’s writing didn’t. I feel sorry for her in that sense, because if this trend continues, the last two films will far and away outstrip the last two books. And no writer deserves that.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: HP theme music makes my soul sing
Stefy ~ ステフィ: BW Siriuspharrezychica on July 26th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I thought I was the only pervert who noticed the Harry/Sirius blatant hints, lol.

And I agree on the new screenwriter, you can def. feel the difference.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: Elizabethscoradh on July 26th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
See sarahtales's review for a masterly summary of every incidence of it. :D

Yeah, I was wondering why the characters weren't spouting TOTAL CRAP 24/7. Then I watched the credits and poof! Mystery solved.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Marui: kissscoradh on July 26th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
I totally stole that from somewhere else - grasshopper, who quoted someone else - but it's so true, isn't it?

If you ever get the chance of laser surgery, take it. It's better than any charm. :DD

I KNOW. The Ministry was the one place I felt totally happy with. The Burrow, Privet Drive, even Hogwarts - nowhere else came as close as this.
gabriellepurlicue on July 26th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
that sickly-sweet rush of longing for the secret magical world of which I can’t be a part

I have felt that way since the first episode of Pokemon. And sometimes I just long to be able to whip out my chopstick (Asian, remember!!?) and Accio pants!

I agree with the Kingsley thing; I was surprised to see how "LOOK LOOK I AM AFRICAN" it was. That sort of thing has always made me feel a little awkward, as if it is compensation for something?

(For some reason, he always kind of this dude for me, only less big and ridiculous.)


I actually loved the patronus scene, and the Order-whooshing-into-action-at-the-Ministry scene. Loved! Maybe I am just a special effects junkie, but they just made my heart flutter a little bit.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Candy lipsscoradh on July 26th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
When I wore glasses I used to think how great it'd be to Accio them on to my face. Now I could use it to find my mobile phone - it hides on me, I swear!

It is compensation for the fact that there are about two token black people and three token Asians in the HP books, despite the vast numbers of 'ethnic minorities' in Britain. I feel the bad, because I always write people as white first, then I sit back and think 'oops, my bad'. But seriously, tribal dress? A step TOO FAR.

I totally pictured Kingsley as Morpheus too! Great minds.

I usually hate special effects because they all look the same, but these worked for me. ♥
gabriellepurlicue on July 26th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
That icon of yours is making my brain explode in a series of wonderful and garish colors!

Lolol, and if you weren't concentrating on your Accio glasses! you would probably lose an eye. D:

I guess. :( Our token black men are Kingsley and Dean . . . there are three whole Asians? I knew there was slated to be a "Su Li", but she never showed up, and Cho is the only one I can think of, unless you count subcontinental, in which case the Patils . . . ?

mrsquizzical: ruperthairhappymrsquizzical on July 27th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
oh that is so true! i really imagined kingsley like him too!
The Goddamn Wolf Womanslythwolf on July 27th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
I liked Hermione’s scene with Grawp, where she orders him to put her down. That’s the only time Emma thing has been Hermione for me. Otherwise she’s just this girl with great hair who killed the real Hermione and stuffed her in a closet.

YES OH GOD SOMEONE ELSE AGREES. In no way is that...that...person Hermione.

And the hair, for some reason it's as if in the first film they made a kind of half-assed effort to make people's hair halfway canon, and then they just abandoned it more and more as time progressed. Like Sirius--I was truly looking forward to this, you know, filthy gaunt man with tangled elbow-length hair (although no beard? Badly done, JKR, if he doesn't have the chance to cut his hair he doesn't have the chance to shave for fuck's sake), and...no. Meanwhile Harry practically has a flat-top, I mean honestly, isn't this the kind of haircut Petunia would have given him that he would have then spontaneously grown his hair out from, back before he knew he was a wizard? And the sheer number of non-Muggle-born kids wearing Muggle clothes all the time--Draco Malfoy in Muggle clothes for fuck's sake--it kills me, it really does.

But I'm going to stop now, in the interest of not ranting all bloody evening. It's time for food anyway, I think.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: The turtle movesscoradh on July 29th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
I was sure loads of people agreed with me on that. Except for those who thought she was hot, which is totally not the point of Hermione.

I thought Draco looked hot this time around. I was never too sold on Tom Felton as Draco before, but now my brain short-circuited into OMGFANDOMDRACO! Like I said, velour tracksuits? No. But there weren't as many quibbles as usual, for me. For once!
The Goddamn Wolf Womanslythwolf on July 29th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me either, really. I get on my high horse about hair and costuming relatively often. But the writing was excellent and the acting just keeps getting better, especially the kids.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh word. Grawp was actually kind of cute too, with his ickle bell.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Harry was actually good this time. A little sexually overcharged, probably from all that time he spent shagging horses, but far better. I liked the kiss too, no matter what everyone said about him kissing like he'd a condom on his tongue.
jehnt: hp - harry potterjehnt on August 19th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
And is it me, or did the nightmare scenes look like Harry was wanking? The bit where he woke Ron with his gasping ... oh god, never mind.


I hadn't been going to comment on this post, but since no one else had said it, I had to.

I want to make "Dirty Harry" jokes about it but I'm not sure how I can make them as puntastic as they should be.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 19th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Mmm ... Dirty Harry is just too easy, you see. I mean, Dirty's already an innuendo. O well, good to see I'm not alone here in the gutter!