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19 July 2009 @ 04:04 pm
"I am the Chosen One."  
Okay, so. I finally just saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince...

Well, that was depressing. In that it was absolutely incredible kind of way. Sure, things were changed and altered from the book, which is to expected, and quite frankly I'm pleased with the outcome of the film. It told the story well even with certain crucial scenes taken out. Though I will say certain things shouldn't have been sacrificed for the sake of having the romance stuff. Perhaps I just don't see the need to have the lovey-dovey bits, while hilarious as they were at times, when they could have left other things that served towards the plot. That's just how I feel about it anyway.

Speaking of, didn't anyone else feel that there was zero chemistry between Harry and Ginny? There was nothing there like, at all. One of the issues is that I felt Bonnie just wasn't acting in this film. I mean really, just saying the lines in a monotone voice is not acting. I don't like either Harry/Ginny or Ron/Hermione as couples, so that was my only complaint. Although the Ron and Hermione scenes weren't all that horrible as I thought they were going to be, unlike the scenes with Ginny. I'll be honest, it was kind of painful to watch. Why did JKR have them be together again? I'll never understand.

I liked the flashbacks/memories with Tom Riddle. The younger versions of him were picked perfectly to fit that slightly unsettling feel to him demeanor, never knowing what's going on inside that head of his. I also liked Slughorn, too, and Bellatrix was even better than the previous film. Should have had more Remus and Tonks, though. Just saying.

But the highlight of the film for me was definitely Draco Malfoy.

I've been a Draco fan since the beginning, and this installment of the series has much development of his character, which we see clearly throughout the movie. Tom Felton really delivered in this one, he brought it all to the table and did not disappoint in playing it up with the complexities of the character and what he was going through. Just watching him go through the film with this poker face, his inner conflict with himself with his task from the Dark Lord and finally seeing him coming undone, cracking under the pressure. Very impressive job. In fact, I kinda wanted more Draco scenes, but I was happy with what we got because in the previous films there hasn't been much focus on him that much. I also really enjoyed seeing Harry's growing obsession over Draco in finding out what he's up to, I mean crucial to the storyline sure but my shipper heart went wild. ♥ So many Harry/Draco moments there, I am not going to lie in going "Harry is checking up on his boyfriend" at certain points. ;D

The final confrontation....even though knowing what happened, it still was heartbreaking to watch. Seeing Draco and Dumbledore faceoff, seeing Draco breaking, torn between what he's supposed to do and what he knows is right, just oh man. Loved Tom in this scene particularly, so amazing.

The ending fit the mood, the sense of loss and grief and knowing for the events that is to come in the next and final installment of the movies (which will be split into two films, how that'll work out I have no idea). Overall it wasn't as action-packed as the previous two, but it told the necessary story and I'm happy with it. So, that's that.

BTW, just so you know, DRACO MALFOY IS LOVE! TRUFAX!

ETA: Oh yeah, and I forgot one thing. I really REALLY miss Katie Leung. :(


I may see it again, or if not in regular theaters when it comes out in IMAX. But yes, it was a really good film overall.
 
 
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that girl over there: hp - gryffindorlizrocks on July 20th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Speaking of, didn't anyone else feel that there was zero chemistry between Harry and Ginny? There was nothing there like, at all. One of the issues is that I felt Bonnie just wasn't acting in this film. I mean really, just saying the lines in a monotone voice is not acting. I don't like either Harry/Ginny or Ron/Hermione as couples, so that was my only complaint. Although the Ron and Hermione scenes weren't all that horrible as I thought they were going to be, unlike the scenes with Ginny.

Yes to all this. I kept expecting the soap opera voice-over to come and say "The part of Ginny Weasly will be played by this plank of wood." I remember her acting in the other movies. What happened?
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
That wanted her to be more ~*~mature~*~ or something? IDK. Her voice had deepened, but she had no personality whatsoever. It was horrific and kind of embarrassing, really. :S
Nicole Anell: dr. horriblenicole_anell on July 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Sadly I agree about Harry/Ginny completely. Those scenes were DEAD. I enjoyed the rest of the movie.
Renée: Echo/Sierra. Anticipating.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
I feel kind of embarrassed for Daniel because of those scenes.
Chrissaodysseedesreves on July 20th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I thought every scene with Ginny was terrible! She was just standing around and speaking every once in awhile!

I enjoyed the film too. I'd like to see it in IMAX.
Renée: DH. Echo. Blank slate.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
I know. It's sad because Bonnie used to at least give a little bit of emotion in her performance, even if it was just minimal. What happened in this that made her so cardboard and blah?
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: oh i'll save you from this lifesapphirestar_ on July 20th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Speaking of, didn't anyone else feel that there was zero chemistry between Harry and Ginny? There was nothing there like, at all. One of the issues is that I felt Bonnie just wasn't acting in this film. I mean really, just saying the lines in a monotone voice is not acting.

YES. i mean, well, surprisingly enough the harryginny moments weren't so painful for me, because i'd expected something far worse. (really, i've always thought them to be sort of redundant as a pairing, and i won't even say anything about ginny being, idk, exactly like his mum.) but yes, what you said. i like ginny as a character, i do - in the books she's got such fire, such passion, but in the movie she was just so ... flat. there was nothing there, like she was just sleep-walking through the whole movie. but man, i'm glad there wasn't any mention of harry's chest monster. um.

but frankly, i don't care much, because DRACO.

DRACO. DRACO DRACO DRACO. *flails* this movie made me adore him even more, if that's at all possible at this point. (one scene i just really wanted to see, even though it wouldn't have served anything more than my fangirly h/d glee, was the one in the book when harry tries to get inside the room of requirement and goes I NEED TO SEE WHAT DRACO MALFOY IS DOING INSIDE YOU. um.) :D
Renée: Six. Satisfied.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
i've always thought them to be sort of redundant as a pairing, and i won't even say anything about ginny being, idk, exactly like his mum.

Heh, don't even get me started on that Oedipus complex issue I have with them, alongside being completely incompatible for one another.

I don't really hold much of an opinion on Ginny, but I kind of expected her to have at least some personality or fire within her like you mentioned, being a Weasley and all, like in the books. But Bonnie Wright had about as much personality as a cardboard box. It seemed like she wanted to be elsewhere instead of filming the movie. So painful to see her try to act the part when she seemed bored more of the time. Blah, whatever. :/

DRACOOO! YESYESYES HE WAS THE BESTEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN IN THIS MOVIE! SO AMAZING AND FANTASTIC AND, OMGYES. ALL THE HARRY/DRACO SCENES WERE PURELY SPECTACULAR AND I WAS GIDDY THE WHOLE TIME -- AND DID TOM FELTON GET MORE ATTRACTIVE AS TIME WENT ON? BECAUSE WHEN HE WAS WEARING THAT SUIT THROUGH MOST OF THE MOVIE I WAS LIKE DAYUM. :DDDD

THIS IS ME, SQUEEING BECAUSE I HAVE REVIVED MY LOVE FOR DRACO MALFOY. LIKE, FOR REALS. ♥
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: I drew a new face and I laughed.sapphirestar_ on July 20th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD YES DRACO MALFOY IN A BLACK ENSEMBLE ASD;ALKJF;ALKJFD;ALKJFLDKJL OH MY GOD OKAY JUST I WAS JUST ALL SORTS OF FLAILING AND SQUEEING IN MY SEAT DURING THE WHOLE FILM ASD;ALKFJ;ALJFLAKJFD DRACO. ♥ :DDDD

and what really made it wonderful, aside from how ridiculously attractive tom is, was that he did it so well. he was so into his role unlike, say, BONNIE and, just, i don't even know, i really don't. i just wish they keep most of draco's scenes in the next movies, too, ESPECIALLY THE ONE WHERE HARRY RESCUES HIM OKAY, ALL CLINGY AND STUFF. and the manor bit, and the one in the beginning and asd;alkjfdls DRACO. ♥
Renée: DH. Sierra. Squee!rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
I WAS LIKE THAT MOSTLY EVERY TIME DRACO CAME ON! AL;SDJFLASKDF I KINDA TOTALLY WANTED TO JUMP HIM IN THAT BLACK SUIT, NOT GONNA LIE.

Tom really did amp it up, and I'm grateful for it. He acted the hell out of his scenes, extraordinarily well that for those that aren't Draco fans would feel at least some sympathy for the poor boy having all that weight on his shoulders throughout most of the movie.

OH, THEY BETTER KEEP THOSE SCENES TOO! MOAR DRACO PLZ, KTHX.
Pipi Calzascortas: [tv] spnwaddi_wassi on July 20th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
didn't anyone else feel that there was zero chemistry between Harry and Ginny?

YESYES, I noticed that too. I mean, I don't like the couple, ok, but this was too much. No chemistry, no connection. There was nothing. I spent the whole movie telling my friends that Harry looooves Draaaaco XD

But yeah, I liked it, even though they left out things that I wanted to say and put the romance stuff instead. And Bellatrix was aweeeeesome, as always. lol.
Pipi Calzascortas: [tv] btvswaddi_wassi on July 20th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
*things that I wanted to SEE, lol.
Renée: Dean/Castiel.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I mean, I understand teenagers have hormones and are awkward and all that, but I found that awkwardness more believable between Harry and Cho from the previous two films than with Harry and Ginny. It was just very painful and ridiculous, since it seemed neither of them were into it, and that was half of the problem.

But of course Harry loves Draco. ;) His obsession with Malfoy said it all in this film, totes.
avaserenityavaserenity on July 20th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
I've been a Draco fan since the beginning, and this installment of the series has much development of his character, which we see clearly throughout the movie. Tom Felton really delivered in this one, he brought it all to the table and did not disappoint in playing it up with the complexities of the character and what he was going through. Just watching him go through the film with this poker face, his inner conflict with himself with his task from the Dark Lord and finally seeing him coming undone, cracking under the pressure. Very impressive job. In fact, I kinda wanted more Draco scenes, but I was happy with what we got because in the previous films there hasn't been much focus on him that much.

I agree 100%. Felton really brought the goods throughout the film. Each of his scene was more powerful than the last to me. I love how his resolve just cracks more and more over the months leading up to his face-off with Dumbledore. As his mother said to Snape, "He's just a boy." That scene where you can hear him crying in the ROR was just so awesome to me.

Speaking of, didn't anyone else feel that there was zero chemistry between Harry and Ginny? There was nothing there like, at all. One of the issues is that I felt Bonnie just wasn't acting in this film. I mean really, just saying the lines in a monotone voice is not acting. I don't like either Harry/Ginny or Ron/Hermione as couples, so that was my only complaint. Although the Ron and Hermione scenes weren't all that horrible as I thought they were going to be, unlike the scenes with Ginny. I'll be honest, it was kind of painful to watch. Why did JKR have them be together again? I'll never understand.

I liked seeing on film but I have to admit that even when I read the books the Harry/Ginny thing never really took with me. Ron/Hermione I could totally see it and I thought they were believable but not really ready to rally behind Harry/Ginny.
Renée: Hyori Lee.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
It was awesome, since you rarely if ever see Draco break like that. Just a fantastic build from beginning to end, seeing how this wall he built up is slowly crumbling around him, how absolutely terrified he is but doesn't have anyone else to turn to, no true friends to confide in, and he can't box the job or else he and his family will die, etc. I loved everything about it, and I felt it was the best out of the whole film to be honest.

Then again, I love Draco anyway so of course I was looking forward to seeing this. ;)

Harry/Ginny was just a random pairing I think, something that came out of nowhere because they have little chemistry together. Even though I don't like Ron/Hermione they had more build up than H/G. It just makes little sense to me.