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Best in the Series, Hands Down
By far and away, this venture into the Potterverse was the best to date. Our kids have grown into the skin of their characters, and the new younger characters now are populated by folks that have skills to match the roles. And no question that we finally are getting to see the professors, headmaster, and supporting adults at the absolute top of their form.
It was easily the movie that stayed truest to the source material, and that proved to be a blessing. We may not get every scene and every word that Rowling wrote, but this was definitely the closest we have come. The movie is better for it, as well.
We have two movies left in the series, and seeing HP&HBP shows that we have hope to see the book well interpreted, directed, and acted. Looking forward to re-watching the HBP, and eagerly awaiting the coming Deathly Hallows.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Critics and Previews Failed Miserably
When the trailers for Old Country came along, I must say I was mesmerized. The introduction of a wanton killer that seemingly strode his own path in a place and time yet to be determined. Along for the ride, the critics' glowing praise of the movie and especially the glow from Oscar winning performance of Javier Bardem sold me. I had missed the movie in the theatre, but seeing it on the big screen at home would make up for it. The anticipation began high, as the storyline was laid out. Heck, Josh Brolin was doing an excellent job with his little mentioned role. Tommy Lee Jones was giving another workmanlike laid-back performance as well. An there was, of course, Javier, plodding along. Okay, stick with this, it will grow and develop. Hour number two starts, and the foundation is well laid. Javier is playing a less than remorseful toad. Everyone else is playing their roles in a deadpan manner. Lord, is this what the people in Texas are really like? Don't worry, though. The critics have assured that Javier's performance is well worth it. Then the second hour ends. And so does the movie. Wait, is that the credits? You're kidding. Right? I just watch two hours of everyone playing like they were under Karloff's make-up from Frankenstein? Folks, Boris made that character believable and sympathetic. This drivel made me hate everyone associated with the movie. We didn't get a decent bad guy. We didn't get a story with a morality play. We didn't get decent ending or hope for the future. We got a stinking pile of manure and Oscar noted efforts. Well if this is what the Academy Awards have come to, then I'll make sure I never see another Award winning movie again. They passed on Kevin Costner as Mr. Brooks for this? Of, for God's sake, Please, someone tell me where I go to get a refund for the two hours of my life spent on this. I'm there in a heartbeat.
In the Townfolks Shoes
Hearing some of the negative quotes and reviews, we nearly skipped the movie until it was available on DVD. Well that would have been a mistake. For a change, it felt like we got a similar feel for characters that we did in the original Alien (and since I am old enough to have seen that at its original release, it has been easy to follow the entire franchise pair). We got to know some characters a little, and they died. We got to know some characters a lot, and they died. We got to know some characters, and they lived. The mayhem was overwhelming, and just what it would be during an infestation by Aliens. Throw in the Predator for cleanup measure, and it magnifies the Wow factor by ten. As with every movie, I expect license to be taken from prior franchisees. And I don't have to have perfect storyline flow from one source to the next. As long as there are no major screw-ups, we charge ahead like was done here. Full steam, and available for future sequels. Before you see the movie, take some time to try to figure out what it would be like in your town if this really happened. This is one glimpse in that window. Kudos to the entire team.