Non Resident Alien

This is a chronicle of my tragi-comic life as a foreigner in the United States. My official status when I started school in 2004, was that of a Non-Resident-Alien and that's where the title of the blog is from. My status has changed to Resident Alien since then. My personal experiences are a unique roller coaster mundane everyday experiences for locals, but unique from the eyes of a foreigner. I started this blog to share some of my experiences beginning my third year living in this country.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The wait for Harry Potter 6 is over (Spoiler Alert)

and I can't say I am not a little disappointed. It seems like JKR washed her hands off this movie. There were several parts of the movie totally not in the book, including the first scene of the movie where HP shows interest in a muggle girl. C'mon!! Please keep the integrity of the story. As an independent movie The Half Blood Prince lacked even a basic plot. The viewer is left bewildered as to what is going on on the silver screen. For an action packed book, the movie was a big disappointment to me, especially since the trailers lead to such anticipation. I found the editing sorely lacking in quality. Reminded me of the days I worked for the radio and tried editing my first feature and kept getting these horrible fade outs. Only here the sequences seemed like a jigsaw puzzle that had to be put together in order by the audience. I was horrified that the Burrow was burned down in a by-line that forms no part of the original story. Luna Lovegood seemed like an after-thought in the movie and had no part to play. First off she is shown as peddling the Quibbler on the Hogwarts express, and secondly, her Lion's Head hat at the Quidditch match was in-animate. Did they not read the book at all? Where was the story of the Gaunts so crucial to the story? Where was the quick summary of Tom Riddle's life within and after Hogwarts? Who were they pandering to showing the movie as predominantly a bunch of love stories of the students? I agree that was part of the story, but that is not the crux of the story.
As usual I was very disappointed in the characterization of Dumbledore by Michael Gambon. Jim Broadbent was ok as Professor Slughorn although I feel like he could have brought more to the character. Tom Felton has really grown into a strapping young man and his performance as Draco Malfoy was remarkable in this movie. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange has given a truly good performance. Alan Rickman of course as Snape was his usual reticent self and as impressive as always. Hero-Fiennes Tiffin who plays Tom Riddle age 11 is a rising star. He is truly talented. He brings the cruelty of the young Tom to life with his eyes, but there was nothing more in the movie besides what I had seen of him in the trailer. Frank Dillane as Tom aged 16 was another remarkable performance in the movie. Besides them except for Danny, Rupert and Emma no one else really had a role in this movie which seemed like a last minute hocus pocus version of the original story. As a die hard Harry Potter fan, I am truly disappointed. I am horrified that they changed the story in so many important places. They kept us waiting a whole year for this? Huge Disappointment, and not worth the $11 at the theatre. The special effects were not even that great, and to think I contemplated seeing it at the IMAX. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, both thumbs down in my review. Stay away if you are a true Harry Potter fan and avoid a giant disappointment.

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  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Charlie said…

    HAHA!!!!! Don't be upset my friend. We all know that to be a true book fan is to never be satisfied with the movie replicas. If they had made the same movie but changed the name of the movie it would have been great. IN anycase, I feel you. I am reminded of that horrendous movie called Eragon!!!


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