Jul. 30th, 2009

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Went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night with [livejournal.com profile] datalopez and my mother. Good film with some very effective scenes, but (as with the previous five films) not as good as the books. There are some book-to-movie adaptations that I prefer the movie over the books, but the HP series hasn't been one of those. They just seem rushed and horribly compressed, a result of trying to cram a 700+ page book into a two-hour movie. They suffer for it. At least the final book will be split over two films.

The trailers beforehand were also a curiously mixed bunch. A clearly-aimed-at-kids film called Shorts from Robert Rodriguez that looks like garbage. A reimagined Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. that looks -- ehh. I like some reimaginings but I don't think Holmes should be an action hero and don't like this idea.

The next three, though, were definitely right up my alley. The first was a big ol' disaster film from the modern-day czar of disaster films, Roland Emmerich. It looks like this latest one, 2012, is going to be full of explodey CGI end-of-the-world doomy fun. I can tell it'll be a fun popcorn film.

The second, the latest from Tim Burton, is a curious and twisted-looking piece called simply 9. Burton's dark and demented design is very much in evidence and the story looks like more post-apocalyptic fun. This looks like it has the potential to be very interesting and the animation seemed top-notch.

The third is a remake of one of my favorite books, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. I wasn't keen on the idea of this one when I first heard about it but it looks like Spike Jonze has done a fine job reimagining this classic, sticking very close to the look and feel of the original but expanding it to movie length. We shall see how it is received...

Anyway, a good night out, with one good movie seen and the promise of at least three more interesting ones to come soon. At least, it was good until I got a speeding ticket on the way home. Ah well. Play with fire, get burnt...

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