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
Of course you can. At least you'll have to, since the movie's release is inexplicably being pushed back until July 2009. Thanks a lot, ignoramus studio executives! Oh yeah, the trailer. It looks even darker than the previous movies, which of course is to be expected, but the touch of humor at the end is most welcome. What's not welcome is the continuing de-evolution of Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley), whose face looks like it continues to suffer the ravages of the full moon.
Courtesy the MTV Movies Blog, we've got four new stills from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. I'm sure it will just as entertaining as the previous five movies, but you wouldn't know it from these shots: THRILL as Draco Malfoy broods in a corner! (more…)