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HP and the Half-Blood Prince

I just got back from the new Harry Potter movie. I went in with low expectations given the subtle hints of mediocrity in the non-spoilery comments on my flist, but you know what I thought? I thought next weekend I'd like to go back and watch it again.

ETA: OMG, The Time Traveler's Wife has been made into a film!!1!eleventy-one!!

ETA ETA: Spoilers in the comments

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cactuswatcher
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Spoilers here
I think it was a pretty good movie. The book wasn't so good that you'd expect anything spectacular. The trimming that was obviously going to be necessary did 'scare' me beforehand. I'd would have preferred more moments I'd really want to go back and see again, but it was pretty good.

More touching than Dumbledore dying was McGonagall lifting her wand. All right, it was a bit corny. But it was a nice moment for Maggie Smith.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Spoilers here
I have to admit I teared up during the wand raising, which wasn't so great since I didn't have a usable kleenex.

I am worried that Maggie Smith won't make it through two more movies. She was no spring chicken in the very first HP movie, and when did that come out? Long, long before Daniel Radcliffe could perform naked on the London stage.
cactuswatcher
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm hoping most of the last two movies are actually already shot. (I'd guess the burning of the Weasely place started out as the destruction of the Lovegood house in the last book.) I read somewhere that Emma Watson will be attending Brown this fall, which would cut down future shooting time.

Maggie Smith looked so frail...
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Did you read somewhere they've been filming the last two movies already?
cactuswatcher
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
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No. I didn't even know there would be two movies left, until a few days ago. But it seemed wise to me to get all the movies done as soon as possible, something they would have thought about sooner than me. They are releasing #7 a year from November and #8 the next July which does seem like the shooting for those two must overlap at some point.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
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It makes sense that the filming of the last two should overlap, since they're based on the same book, but I'm wondering if filming overlapped at all with movie 6, which has actually been in production for quite a while, since it was supposed be released last November (for my birthday, which it wasn't. Humph!)
cactuswatcher
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
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The delay was another reason I think some things might already be done on the last two. I'm sure there was some recutting and perhaps reshooting, but I doubt they actually sat on their hands for eight months till this one came out. ;o)
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Often, though, filming of one will overlap with post-production of the other, rather than filming of two overlapping.
deevalish
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
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Actually they did sit on their hands for 8 months on this. The head of the film studio admitted that they made the decision purely on the fact that the studio had no strong contenders for this July versus last November. I also know they didn't do much in the way of refinishing because my brother-in-law is one of the digital effects managers who worked on this. He was done with the movie before the original November release.
cactuswatcher
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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That's just sad!
cactuswatcher
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
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I really meant they probably wouldn't sit on their hands about shooting the rest of the movies, and that what you've confirmed below.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like the last two movies are going to be filmed like the second two Back to the Future movies, with overlapping writing/filming/post-production to be released within a year of each other.
deevalish
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
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Some of the actors have been saying that they're busy shooting the last 2 movies. I believe the production schedule actually allows them the to attend the premieres because they've been talking about bits and pieces of what they're doing in the next movie.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
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But it is both simultaneously, right? I mean, it would have to be because of needing continuity in set design and character appearance for the young ones, etc.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
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Turns out Maggie Smith is a year younger than my mother. Which makes me feel better, because my mom's got a few good years ahead of her.
mamculuna
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I had that reaction, too. Looking back at it, I could see flaws, but the experience of watching was delightful, and I'd like to repeat it.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
All the films are invariably flawed because they have to make tough choices about what to cut out. I mean, you just have to *expect* that. So I go in expecting it. Also, this movie was going to have the flaws of the book, invariably.

That said, the only thing I was looking forward to I didn't see in the film was Ron's first sight of Harry and Ginny kissing. They had a big build-up about Ron getting upset about Ginny and anyone else she dated, and left that bit out, except in dialogue.

Edited at 2009-07-19 10:03 pm (UTC)
mamculuna
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was brushed by in a comment, but if you hadn't read the book, you wouldn't have noticed.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
If you hadn't read the book, you wouldn't be at the film.
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masqthephlsphr
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Movie 5 felt more chopped up than movie 6 to me. Movie 5 had serious holes in it. I loved both, though.
mamculuna
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I was especially impressed by Tom Felton, the Malfoy actor--he made up for some of the cuts, though not all.
mamculuna
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
LOL. By this time, that must be true--though maybe the 5 year olds, not so much. But doubt they noticed the flaws, anyway.
scrollgirl
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ha! I haven't read Books 4-6 yet, and I've seen (will see) those movies ;)
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
They are rather lengthy.

; D
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