Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rating the "Harry Potter" movies

Okay, I know that there are two more Harry Potter films to come, but why wait to rate the ones that already out? What fun is there to wait? When those two come out I'll grade those with the rest at that time, assuming that Mayan calender is incorrect and we'll still be around in 2012. I'll admit I did not read the books but I did think all the movies were good, with some better than others. So, let's countdown from six to one which is the best Harry Potter movie.

6. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" The problem with this one is first, Ruper Grint's over the top acting as Ron Weasley. His screaming and crying drove me nuts. Then there's the end in which Tom Riddle aka Voldemort literally describes how the basilisk is going to destroy Harry. Annoying, though I wish more description were available for "Half Blood Prince."

5. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" The school called "Beauxbatons", the French all girl academy, in Triwizard compeition sets back feminism two hunred years. If you have ever coached against an all girl school team, you would know in this century that the girls do not act in this frilly and demure manner.

4. "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" I love the pacing and the dialogue. It doesn't pound you in your seats with constant action. However, this movie is literally too dark. There's no need to drain the movie of color, at least from this Muggle's view. It would have helped during Harry and Dumbledore's mission in the cave to describe how they are going to get the Horcrux. Is that Harry shoving Kool-Aid down Dumbledore's mouth?

3. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Got to love that wonderfully filmed wizard fight between Voldemort and Dumbledore. It's organic and elegant and quite believeable.

2. "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" This film offers true magic. One believes that Hogwart's exists. Everything from Quiditich to John Williams' brilliant score to a small scene of Christmas at Hogwart's exudes wonderment.

1. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" While this is the beginning towards a darker Harry Potter film, it's the most mature. There's real warmth between Harry, Prof. Lupin and Sirius Black. This is the best mixture of comedy, action and emotion.

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