Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HP 5 for the first time

Carrie has given an accurate rundown of our eventful trip to see HP 5, so I won't rehash it here. Suffice it to say that I need to see the movie again in less distracting conditions.
There were specific things that jumped out at me that I either liked or disliked, which is normal, but I couldn't really get an overall impression of how much I liked the adaption. Obviously, I liked it, but I don't know where it stands on the overall schema of HP films. As in, I will buy the DVD, but I am not sure how often I will watch it in comparision to others yet.
Some impressions: They put in my absolute favorite part of dialogue from the book, which is the "emotional range of a teaspoon" part, and there were a few sets that absolutely perfectly lived up to my vision, while others were different but pleasantly surprising.
I'm not sure I enjoyed the representation of Grimmauld Place...does anyone else have that problem? I know that they wanted to make it claustrophobic, but even so I was expecting something more psychological, and still a mansion. The Family Tree rocked, though.
I am unsure about the physical representation of Grawp. Also, I felt that Umbridge's role took over the movie too much. It became too much about her rather than about the power struggle and the tension. I recognize that subtlety isn't always possible in a film, of course, but I would have rather seen it be a bit slicker, particularly in regard to her interaction with the staff. Her character itself, though, was very well represented by Staunton, as was her office and everything that goes on there. She was just in too many scenes by herself, or taking over them too much, even considering her growing influence. Just too blunt.
On a more positive note, how much do I love Ginny's character? I love that she has become this small but fierce, creative and destructive force. I thought her role was nicely balanced. I loved seeing the DA in action, and even though he's mean, Filch and Mrs. Norris always bring a smile to my face. Especially when he's sneaky-walking (which reminds me--I thought of that during the film, and then had a dream about sneaky-walking, which is a Bob Fosse dance thing that I happen to do well).
Regarding the duel: Loved the coordination of it, hated when they were sort of flying around in smoke form. What was that? To me, that spells effects cop-out. I liked it much better when you could see the characters battling it out, which was far more impressive.
Did anyone else notice how much Percy Weasley looks like a gangster? Was that intentional?
Also, did anyone else's heart sort of melt when Fred and George were trying to comfort that kid? I heart them.
I will also note that, having recently been to London, I got an extra big kick out of seeing it in the film. I was IN that Underground station, for goodness sake.
So, that's it. As you can see, I have some things to puzzle over and re-view, literally, but I was able to gather up a number of good impressions as well.
And now, the re-reading of HP 6 continues as I prepare for zero hour. Tomorrow, Meijer for stocking the house, Friday, the preparation of food and mild cleaning. Saturday, it's on.


Anonymous said...

I'm anxious to see the movie but not roaring down there. Will wait until the crowds diminish (or even the DVD). I remember from reading the book, that I hated the Umbridge character so much that she DID seem to dominate the book for me.

maggie.whitehead@gmail said...

I feel like I've discussed this film ad nauseum over in my own little blog world, but there is one more thing that I haven't said yet, so I'll do so here. I forgot how political this book was and how many commentaries it subtly (or not so subtly, maybe) makes about the current state of education, war, our political leaders, the media, etc. And I love that about it. This story was clearly a turning point in many ways, one of them being that things are definitely getting more adult.

Mrs. White said...

Whoops. Not sure what happened there in the publication of that comment. Well, I guess my oh-so-secret alias has been revealed. Shocking. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on the too-much-Umbridge problem. I also felt there was not enough about the Order and its members. We saw them for, what, five minutes at the beginning and for five minutes in a confusing battle toward the end. As I said to Dave when we left the movie, "It's called Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, not Harry Potter and Professor Umbridge takes over Hogwarts."

I'm finally crushing on Fred & George. I'm a married woman with a child, but I'd like an evening with both of those twinkly eyed redheads.