Sunday, July 26, 2009

Harry Potter has hormones, but where is Voldemort?

After reading many an article on the latest film installment of the lit-sensation Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I feel compelled to include my two cents. My dear friend, The Drive-Thru Academic, rides his high of just having seen the latest film and claims its his favorite of the series. Another colleague, The Culture Warrior, has yet to see the latest film, but recently reviewed his marathon of films 1 through 5. Many others are quick to say this is the best adaptation, and some dare say it falls short.

I must put myself on the latter side of the fence and disagree with Charley's excitement. HP6 was entertaining, and indeed the heightened hormones lighten up an otherwise extremely dark story. But director David Yates disappointed the Potterphile-me and the cinemaphile-me, in equal measure.

The script actually does a good job editing the book all in all, but the PG rating makes the complexity of the tale and the dread of who's on what side watered down and a minimal part of the film. As Charley states, the eponymous character - the Half Blood Prince, is more or less ignored in the film. It is pushed aside to a mere fleeting question until the film's end, when it is as tidily answered as it is posed.

Of course, Yates can put together a beautiful image. The film visually exudes the unease of the times, the ominous threat surrounds near every shot, just as it does the characters within the story. However the tone does not remain so consistent. Instead, it jumps from dark and treacherous (or an attempt at such) to humorously teenage fluff. Don't get me wrong, both are huge parts of the book, and deserve equal respect in the cinematic version. And while this film allows the growing skills of the young stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, to really shine, their acting cannot hold up the poorly written script. Unfortunately, the teenage romance is handled like a B-high school flick, with none of the grace and ease the web of danger was given throughout the other books. And Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley, comes off very bored and unstudied.

While amusingly light-hearted and enjoyable (to a certain degree), the focus on lifting the mood through bumbling love potions and poorly hidden affections hinders the drama of the central story at hand. The climactic scenes between Harry and Headmaster Dumbledore are handled so quickly and simply that I, perhaps the most quick to cry in a theater, didn't even get misty. Life-changing moments, character-defining events, are not given the proper pace, tone, or direction. They suffer so we can all giggle at the plentiful awkward sexual innuendoes.

This film is by no means my least favorite of the series. In fact, it sits right in the middle. Jim Broadbent was a fantastic addition to the famous featured British actors. And Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood is again spot-on.

I think my perspective suffered from having just re-read the book, completing it a mere few hours before going to the theater. Perhaps too immersed in comparison the first time around, I look forward to giving it a second try once the finite details of the text have evaporated from my memory.

David Yates' latest addition to the Potter series is, I will agree, a good platform for the final book and films from which to spring board off into hopefully more fearless drama and PG-13 violence, like Alfonso Cuaron's Prisoner of Azkaban or Yates' Order of the Phoenix. What makes #3 and #5 better than #6? They aren't afriad to stand alone as good films, separate from the series that made them popular. #6 is good, but more than a good film in and of itself, it's just a good base for The Deathly Hallows. And a good base does not a great film make.

42 comments:

Charley McLean said...

I think the answer lies in the title - half-blood prince. The film might have pushed Voldemort to the side to smp up the potential menace and apparent mystery behind the identity and the true nature of who the HBP is.

Additionally (and ultimately related) is the narrative position of Snape. The first installments portray Snape as this antagonist for Harry and as far as we're supposed to know, his actions in this latest film represent the culmination of his ill intentions for Harry.

In the beginning of the film, Snape takes the unbreakable vow. Yes, he does seem to be very close with Dumbledore, but this only increases the tension behind this relationship and what makes his climactic act so surprising (if you don't already) and emotional.

To sum up, I understand the marginalizing of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. This is in service to the Half-Blood Prince and the exponentially rising tension behind Severus Snape.

Respond if you like!

Molly Hubbs said...

Touche to Rowling's emphasis on Snape as a prime antagonist within this text. This installment certainly brings both of Harry's villians together in a brilliant manner. One full of tension, mystery, and fantastic political undertones.

And indeed Voldemort takes a backseat to more imminent threats in this film as opposed to the previous 5th film. Yet the film adaptation of HBP severely diminished the Voldemort storyline of the text. Numerous scenes and memories of his past were removed, which really hurt the beautiful parallel within the book between Harry learning of Voldemort's past and the ever-growing threat within the present (i.e. the mystery of Snape and Draco).

Overall, I think while this film is without a doubt a decent adaptation, it lost the suspense, the tension, that made the books so enjoyable.

But again, let me reiterate that I would like to revisit the film before it leaves theaters.

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