Friday, December 31, 2010

Potter and Tron (No spoilers)

Not a great holiday movie season, at least for family films. Meg and I hope to hit a couple of the grownup films, but haven't yet.

Harry Potter: I don't have much to add to my comments from the sixth film here. Further, I thought the pacing of the first half of the seventh book, Deathly Gallows, too slow and plodding. The movie managed to keep to the spirit of the book in that regard.

Yeah I'll finish the series when the eighth movie comes out. But at this point I'm just going through the motions. The movies are just not that good.

Now don't get me wrong, despite all the quibbles I have with the novels, I enjoyed the book series. But my enjoyment almost entirely come from the background tapastry in the books - the faculty at Hogwarts, the Weasley twins, the "Scooby gang" around Harry, etc. But the Big Story wasn't all that interesting - centering Voldemort's agenda around blood purity evinced, in my opinion, a significant lapse of imagination on Rowling's part. And Harry wasn't as interesting as the characters around him.

Tron: Meh. A decent holiday film. I think the movie would improve in 3-D. (We saw it in 2-D because the 3-D time didn't work for us on the day we wanted to see it.) I thought it was better than the original Tron, which I thought was a bit of a bore, the cinematic advances of the film notwithstanding.


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