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Gandwarf
07-17-2009, 09:13 PM
So, I just got back from watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at the movies... and I had to vent my frustration. Was really looking forward to the movie as the later books turned pretty dark and were interesting. The movie disappointed me however. They left out so much of the good stuff. I don't want to go into details to spoil the fun for everyone, but especially the ending was pretty crappy I think.

At the end of the movie I was like: "What the..."
It's more a romantic comedy and not a very good one :(

So does anyone else have any thoughts about this movie? Would love to hear them.

Most of the reviews in the press and at IMDB were very positive at first. But I noticed IMDB is now getting a lot of disappointed people, so it's not just me, thankfully :)

NeonKnight
07-17-2009, 09:17 PM
Sorry, Harry Who? Is he some sort of guy who makes pottery?

Gandwarf
07-17-2009, 09:28 PM
Sorry, Harry Who? Is he some sort of guy who makes pottery?

Haha, great... now I really feel a dork ;)

Notsonoble
07-17-2009, 09:41 PM
still haven't... i might if i can con someone out of a ticket tomorrow

Bishop Odo
07-18-2009, 12:19 AM
I understand completely where you’re coming from, but I have to disagree. It’s a movie adaptation and that’s the way, I would suggest you look at it. Are the books better? You bet, but books are always better. As a movie, with its time limits and production costs, I thought it was good, if not one of the better movies of the Potter films. I read the same stuff about the Lord of the Rings, but what can you do.

JoeyD473
07-18-2009, 01:21 AM
I had some problems with the movie. However I don't want to retype all of my problems. You can read what I said about my problems with it at my blog (http://chornjr.myscoutserver.com/) (BTW: My blog also has some of my maps (as crappy as they are)

Gandwarf
07-18-2009, 07:14 AM
I understand completely where you’re coming from, but I have to disagree. It’s a movie adaptation and that’s the way, I would suggest you look at it. Are the books better? You bet, but books are always better. As a movie, with its time limits and production costs, I thought it was good, if not one of the better movies of the Potter films. I read the same stuff about the Lord of the Rings, but what can you do.

We both have our opinions and I respect yours.
Still, I know they can't have everything from the books in the movie. Lord of the Rings was missing scenes and even had changes to the story, but it was brilliant. With this latest Harry Potter movie I think they made some wrong choices (by putting things in that could have been left out and by leaving out things that should have been in).



I had some problems with the movie. However I don't want to retype all of my problems. You can read what I said about my problems with it at my blog (BTW: My blog also has some of my maps (as crappy as they are)


Good post on your blog Joey. I fully agree.

SPOILERS (select text to be able to read it better):
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The most disappointing was the ending for me. I can't believe they left out the big fight and funeral. It was so anticlimatic and totally not emotional. I didn't care that he died... and Harry Potter was standing there like an idiot.
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Ah well...

ravells
07-18-2009, 07:18 AM
I'm hoping to see it week after next...the critics in the papers here that I read said it was a bit 'blah'.

Gandwarf
07-18-2009, 07:22 AM
I'm hoping to see it week after next...the critics in the papers here that I read said it was a bit 'blah'.

Well, I am interested to hear your story after you have seen it :)
The critics overe here were posting rave reviews...

Steel General
07-18-2009, 08:20 AM
A good friend of mine saw it and felt that it was pretty good. He did say that they left several major plot-lines out, but that's to be expected in almost any movie adaptation.

He also said that the ending "left you hanging".

Not sure whether I will see it myself, I have more interest in Transformers or Area/District 9 (whatever its called).

Syt
07-18-2009, 10:30 AM
Sorry, Harry Who? Is he some sort of guy who makes pottery?

Yes. A Hairy Potter.
http://www.spaff.com/poesy/hairy_potter.jpg

Redrobes
07-18-2009, 11:18 AM
Lots of reviews have been slating it badly. I havent seen this one yet. So far I have kinda enjoyed the films to some degree but they are all none too special. They are visually very good but lack depth and story of the books. I really liked all the books tho. If you judge the whole thing on the films then you will have a completely different view of it.

Tolkienreader
07-19-2009, 12:07 AM
I think they compromised the ending just to make the 7th movie into two parts. They thought about the money (revenue?) that they will earn instead of making it as close to the original story in the book, and thus earning satisfactory ratings from fans and audience alike, but they didn't. :( Anyway its a large franchise, they will recover with the 7th and final installment.

Sigurd
07-19-2009, 12:33 AM
I'll see it soon but I have to say I think the series ended badly and left me very unsatisfied. The books go from an exciting struggle between good and evil to a duel between school bullies (ho hum).

Imaginative books. I enjoyed the first 3 but the series as a whole disappointed.


my .02

Gandwarf
07-19-2009, 06:38 AM
I think they compromised the ending just to make the 7th movie into two parts. They thought about the money (revenue?) that they will earn instead of making it as close to the original story in the book, and thus earning satisfactory ratings from fans and audience alike, but they didn't. :( Anyway its a large franchise, they will recover with the 7th and final installment.

Can't help it, thinking the same thing...
I read an interview from september 2008 in which the creators announced there would be no end fight at Hogwarts in part 6, because in part 7 there would also be an end fight and they didn't want any repetition. That's a rather lame reason...

Duerma
07-23-2009, 03:06 PM
Can't help it, thinking the same thing...
I read an interview from september 2008 in which the creators announced there would be no end fight at Hogwarts in part 6, because in part 7 there would also be an end fight and they didn't want any repetition. That's a rather lame reason...
But... the whole series is about repetition. Harry discovers some evil plot, for some reason he is the one who has to fight it and not his friends or teachers, and there's a big fight at the end. The only differences are the participants.

OK, that's a little oversimplified, but come on. This is like the Transformers guys saying "Nah, we don't want to have any more cars turning into robots, because that would be too repetitious."

Gandwarf
07-23-2009, 03:49 PM
OK, that's a little oversimplified, but come on. This is like the Transformers guys saying "Nah, we don't want to have any more cars turning into robots, because that would be too repetitious."

Haha. Yeah, lame reason.
Ah well, hope they don't mess up the next two movies :D

waldronate
07-23-2009, 04:52 PM
OK, that's a little oversimplified, but come on. This is like the Transformers guys saying "Nah, we don't want to have any more cars turning into robots, because that would be too repetitious."

You did notice that in this summer's Transformers there were whole groups of robots that didn't transform into anything, right? The best part of the Transformers movie was the Egypt-Jordan checkpoint manned by a midget (I know that there are whole groups who want to ignore the existence of a place-that-must-not-be-acknowledged-as-a-country, but seriously).

Gandwarf
07-23-2009, 05:00 PM
You did notice that in this summer's Transformers there were whole groups of robots that didn't transform into anything, right? The best part of the Transformers movie was the Egypt-Jordan checkpoint manned by a midget (I know that there are whole groups who want to ignore the existence of a place-that-must-not-be-acknowledged-as-a-country, but seriously).

Transformers 2 was a blast... unlike Harry Potter.
The difference was I had low expectations for the first and high for the second...