Holy crap, was it really more than four years ago that I wrote my little love letter to Millennials? Why, it's like not a day has gone by since then that I don't choke on my own bile as these insanely privileged and irrationally entitled oxygen wasters skip through life with their heads lodged firmly up their asses. Wait, what was I going to talk about before I became blinded with fury? Oh yes, Saturday Night Live. Their recent Daniel Radcliffe-hosted episode featured a sketch called "You Can Do Anything!", which pretty much sums up some of the feelings I posted in that letter. But in comedy sketch form. Polish your participation trophy and check it out. Yup, that about covers it.
As delighted as Potterphiles were when it was announced that the final entry in J.K. Rowling's seven-part series would be split into two movies, so were non-fans and haters bemused and annoyed. So I think the first question that needs to be answered about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is, was it a wise artistic decision or a cynical cash grab? I think it's probably a bit of both, but as a fan I think it was definitely a good move. There is simply too much story to be crammed into one, three-hour film, a lesson we all learned the hard way with the Half-Blood Prince. By devoting an entire movie to the first part of the story, Deathly Hallows flows much more smoothly and I didn't feel like I had to have crib notes or keep my head on a swivel. Director David Yates a
If it accomplishes nothing else as a film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince provides plenty of grist for the mill of debate over the pitfalls of translating literature to the big screen. Because I think how you feel about this movie will hinge in large part upon your expectations of its fidelity to the source material. So let's get this right out of the way, in case you're one of the dozen or so people who haven't seen the movie or read J.K. Rowling's book - this film is more of an interpretation of the sixth Harry Potter novel than a straight adaptation. I took a rather forgiving approach to the omissions, additions, and changes made by screenwriter Steve Kloves but even I must admit to some puzzlement over some of his decisions. For the sake of brevity I'll mention just a few