Friday, August 21, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) movie

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Director: David Yates
Screenplay: Steve Kloves
Based on book: by J.K. Rowling
Rating: 4

Inspiration: Harry Potter
<<--- along with the trio, Luna Lovegood is my fave character

: Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry

Description from imdb:
As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

The good:

The bad

The ugly
Zombie sighting - kinda:
According to VFX supervisor Tim Alexander, completing the Inferius attack took several months: "It was much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they'd ever go in a Potter movie. David Yates was really cautious of not making this into a zombie movie, so we were constantly trying to figure out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A lot of it came down to their movement - they don't move fast, but they don't move really slow or groan and moan. We ended up going with a very realistic style." He also noted that Inferius are skinnier than zombies, as well as being waterlogged and grey.

My note:
I still think the inferi are a certain kind of zombie. In this case, water zombies!

While visiting Slughorn to get him to teach again, Dumbledore asks him if he can have a knitting magazine. On the cover is J.K. Rowling, the author of the beloved series.

Two new scenes were added that do not appear in the book: The collapsing Millenium bridge (at the beginning of the film, and which appears in the Third Trailer) and the Death Eater attack at the Burrow (seen in the second trailer). An attack on a Muggle bridge is actually mentioned in the original opening of the book by Cornelius Fudge, but not shown.

Memorable quotes:

funny one...
[Romilda Vane and Harry are staring at each other across the library]
Hermione Granger: [snaps her fingers] Hey! She's only interested in you because she thinks you're the Chosen One.
Harry Potter: But I am the Chosen One.
[Hermione smacks him on the head with the newspaper]
Harry Potter: Sorry... kidding!

serious one...
Times like these, dark times, they do funny things to people. They can tear them apart. -Arthur Weasley

My thoughts:
In-a-word: Fan-tastic!

Hooray! I finally was able too catch the latest Harry Potter movie. It was a matinee with a small crowd which was great because we were able to sit where we wanted with no heads in the way.

Being a fan, I went into the theatre already liking it. And being a fan, I enjoyed it!

The visual experience of Harry's story is just plain fun! I also liked seeing the new characters.

I'm looking forward to the DVD so that I could re-watch it to catch nuances I may have missed.

Side note:
If you have a sensitive bladder and find that you have to run to the loo while at the theatre, check out this site. You can find out the best time during a movie for a loo break.They even tell you what you'll be missing.
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