Thursday, November 4, 2010

Potter-Watch (27 of 77): The Game is Set; The Pieces are Moving

We're now exactly two weeks away from the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and I'm already a little tired of typing out the entire title. I'm currently on the fence about whether or not I want to head to the midnight showing of the film, because everyone will be gunning for that time slot. I don't want to be heading there alone, which is most likely to happen at this point. I'll probably try to get in to see it at that time, and if I get turned away then I'll see it the next night. It's the main disadvantage of having only one small theater in this town. It very nearly screwed me over for Paranormal Activity 2, but this is much more than that.

As we get closer and closer to it, any line between this film and a Best Picture nomination has been blurred for both sides of the argument. Even I am not quite sure if the film will be able to go that extra mile that I hope it will. Luckily, for me at least, Warner Bros. has come in with a nice dose of footage from the upcoming film to keep anticipation alive. First, we have two featurettes that give a bit of a recap of crucial information from the past installments, as well as some new footage that people who read the book weren't expecting. Small differences have been made to make these films an enhancement of the books, which makes me extremely excited about it. Wouldn't you jump at the prospect of the film being even better than the book?

Hero Complex's Month of Magic is taking things a little slowly at the moment, gathering interviews from many different members of the cast and crew. Tom Felton has talked about how much he admires Daniel Radcliffe and how much work he puts into it. Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy in the series, talked about leaving the franchise and his desperate and failed quest to attain the wig he wore throughout the series. Prop designer Barry Wilkinson was interviewed about the sheer scale of everything that went into the prop department coming up with the thousand of items for the films. The most interesting news we have gotten, however, is our first clip from the film featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. It's a really small and quiet scene where Ron tries to convince Harry to stay at the Burrow, and it shows an intelligence in both the acting and the writing. In a single film, this sort of small moment would've never existed. It's one of the advantages of splitting the book into two films. I'm sorry for the low-quality, but the acting still shines through.

That's the last actual clip from the film that you'll be seeing in this sort of segment. As a matter of fact, next week is the last all-encompassing news-catchup Potter-Watch before the release of the film. In the six days prior to the film's release, we will be releasing our reviews of the first six films in the series. We'll start next Saturday with our review of Sorcerer's Stone, and end on the eve of the midnight release with Half-Blood Prince. You'll get our review of Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the final hours of November 19th, as I'll probably end up seeing the film on Friday evening, rather than midnight. Finally, thank you all for making our review of the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat the highest viewed page in the history of this site. We'll see you next week!

1 comment:

  1. the audience is gonna be like "are they gonna make it!"
    and then theyll check wikipedia or their book,
    and remember, oh yeah they do.