Saturday, November 27, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

I suppose my biggest criticism of this movie is that it, like the book, spent too much time camping and not enough time doing stuff. That being said, when the movie wasn't camping it did quite a bit, as there were more action sequences in this installment than usual, and these were done pretty well. There were a couple of scenes that seemed off - one on the Hogwarts train seemed included just to get face time for some supporting characters - but all in all it did what it was supposed to in furthering the story to its conclusion.

We only got three previews:

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader continues that series, and it looks like it will be similar to the others in terms of effects and no recognizable stars. I've always been at a loss vas to who sees these movies, but the inclusion of group sales info at the end of the trailer suggests church groups.

Yogi Bear, to which I say, why? We are at the point where there are almost no kids- and a shrinking number of parents- who have seen the original cartoon. And based on the trailer, I don't see this film sparking a renaissance for Yogi. The most misleading part of the thing was the rating, which said the film contained mild rude humor. From what I could see, it contained no humor at all.

Red Riding Hood takes the classic fairy tale and gives it the Twilight treatment, becoming the story of one girl's love of overly-billowy head gear and, possibly, werewolves. Seriously, the hood appears to be about eight feet long; if Red ever went riding with it on it would get caught in the horse's legs and she'd get the Isadora Duncan treatment. Anyway, this will score well with tween girls and the Amanda Seyfried as a children's character fetishists.

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