I wish I'd had a character like Hermione (Good arm, girl!) to aspire towards when I was a geeky young thing (she's much less obnoxious in the movies than in the books), and all three of the young actors continue to be professional, believable, and charming (Rupert Grint, in particular, has a rubber face the equal of anything young Robert Vaughn could manage), and it serves very well as a visual tour of the high points of the book, and I still think Gary Oldman is a really fine actor who needs to strangle his agent.... or exercise better script selection, if it's his doing that he wound up in ^The Fifth Element (he was the best thing about Lost In Space) and he was quite a lot of fun in this, and I loved seeing the kids in jeans and trainers, and the movie was really visually pretty, and the actor playing Lupin brought a lovely shabby charisma to the role, and dang yes, the hippogriff was cool and I want one.
I mean, that was one cool hippogriff. Could we go back and get three hours of movie with just the hippogriff?
And Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman were both quite wonderful in their respective (all-too-brief) roles, and the kids actually seem like kids in this movie.
But while it did present a coherent plotline, it was one, alas, without much in the way of narrative tension or drive or arc, and as a result I found myself bouncing in my seat and checking my husband's watch a lot. Still, very pretty to look at, and lots of fine acting. Just, the whole conflict thing? Not so much.
Kids will love it. Heck, most grownups will too.
In the meantime, does anybody know where I can get a hippogriff?
I notice some familiar names on Andy Hatchell's 2003 recommended reading list....
Mine's not there, but I do see Beth Bernobich, John Borneman, Rudi Dorneman, Jay Lake, haddayr, nihilistic_kid, lonesome_crow, Tim Pratt, Bruce Holland Rogers, Heather Shaw, gregvan, and a few other friends and acquaintances floating around in there....
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