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Old 07-23-2009, 03:53 AM
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I have to say I was disappointed in the newest Harry Potter movie. I loved this book and felt the movie diverted and trashed some of the most important scenes.I don't know if I would have enjoyed the movie more had I not read the book. I think it would have been incomprehensible.

Doesn't bode well for the final installments.
Despite the fact that I only like (not love) the HP movies, I kind of would like to see the current one just to see what it's all about.

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Old 07-23-2009, 08:40 AM
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Well the films are as good as they could be. Nobody wants to sit though a 4-5 hour movie, and it would take that long for most of the books to tell it properly on screen.

If you hadn't read the books, I could see where the films would be alot more enjoyable.
I think Potter addicts would happily sit through substantially longer movies. I keep a small hope that once the entire series of movies is out, we'll be treated to "extended editions". Both Goblet of Fire and Half Blood Prince have lots of wonderful material that had to be cut to keep the movies to managable lengths.
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I think Potter addicts would happily sit through substantially longer movies. I keep a small hope that once the entire series of movies is out, we'll be treated to "extended editions". Both Goblet of Fire and Half Blood Prince have lots of wonderful material that had to be cut to keep the movies to managable lengths.
That makes sense. Honestly I am suprised most of them haven't been segmented into more than one film.
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Does anyone know hoe much of a say Rowling has regarding alterations?

I know in the earlier films she was consulted, because they tried to cut out things she knew were needed later - this was before the last book had come out.

Does she still have that say?
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Does anyone know hoe much of a say Rowling has regarding alterations?

I know in the earlier films she was consulted, because they tried to cut out things she knew were needed later - this was before the last book had come out.

Does she still have that say?
I really don't know....
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:34 PM
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I went to see it today.

Given that HPB is by far my least favourite of the books, I was genuinely surprised that the film was actually ok.

Not the best one, not the worst but certainly in many ways better than the book. I'll put the next in spoilers in case not everyone has seen it yet -

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All in all, they did a good enough job of trimming down a badly bloated book into a decent film. But there was no need for it to be 150 minutes long. The story remained far too slight for it.
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:56 PM
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Spoiler free review: a solid B+. The stuff that got left out was understandable, and if you read the books you can always fill in the blanks. Everyone's acting has matured, but I did miss a lot of the secondary characters. They didn't get much screen time this episode.

I think JK has some input on the movies, but not veto power. Remember, she told them to keep Kreacher in OotP and they did.
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I doubt they even show her the scripts now, though, she is likely still a regular on the filming sets.

She has vetoed a number of scriptwriter ideas in the past. The scriptwriter wanted Harry's parents to be buried on the grounds of Hogwarts. For multiple reasons (all of which are clear to us now that we've read the 7th book) that was not a good idea.

Snape always gets short shrift in the movies. Grrrrr.... There are reasons I'm worried by the things they left out of this movie. A lot of what they left are things that set the stage for important elements of the next book...if they are dropping those elements then some major re-writing is being done. Of course, the book could use it, but I don't know how the masses would accept it.
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I'm hoping that - if the final two films hold to the pattern and come in at around a minimum of 150 mins - then that allows them around 5+ hours to tell the story of DH. It has a lot in it but there must be room made for Snape to have his character properly explained. So far, the clues and reasons for his actions have been all but stripped out of the films.

Given the simplification of some of the major points in HBP (Horcruxes etc) I'd bet that tracking them down will not be made a complex part of the next two films.

Though I am curious as to where in the story they will make their 'break'. Will they end on a cliffhanger?
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I read somewhere that it was going to be around where Ron destroys the locket.
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