Fueled with Wawa’s strongest coffee and the chatter of geeks, Sleeping Beauty and I joined the many who arrived for the 12:01 AM showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Yo, that was a long A movie.
Not the Harry Potter fan that SB is, this was my first time sitting in a theater to view the denizens of Hogwarts and be entertained by their exploits on the big screen. While the movie had great special effects and the buzz of the crowd was infectious, I havent seen 12 AM in a while and my body was not having it.
Did I mention how long the movie was?
About twenty previews were shown and Disney is making an enemy. The Frog Princess is set to come out and you would think after 75 years of non African American main characters, the brains at Disney would have come up with something other than shucking and singing bands? I’m not going to put my dashiki on and start anything, but I’m looking side eye at Disney for a minute.
Next, we see Robert Downey Jr and Jude Low (looking scrumptious) as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Another side eye here. Sherlock Holmes never fought karate with anyone. Why screw with the classics?
There were others, but I used this time to convince the ticket taker that I would need a nicotine fix before the actual movie started.
First, am I getting old? The sound was turned up so loud.
Anyhoodle, back to the movie itself. As we are reintroduced to the folks at Hogwarts, we see the kids have matures into hormonal teens. The little love connections that evolved were cute although the chick behind me felt a need to call Ginny Weasley a skank. Ginny did get around.
Ron Weasley, thankfully, followed the Ron of the books. He was goofy, but not like the last four movies that had him all but pissing his knickers when someone said boo. I like the tough Ron.
Hermione…sigh. I like an intelligent woman, but why did she have to be so rhymes with witchy? I know you can’t get the entire feel of a book as large as Half Blood Prince, but her character didn’t have to be such a mother hen. She’s a teen. Even in Katie Kaboom mode the Teen doesn’t act as obnoxious as Hermione. Hermione clucked and sternly warned Harry throughout the movie. I think I would have told her to stuff it and kept moving.
But I can’t fault the writing. I fault the actors. Those kids look OLD. The one playing Draco looked like he has three kids, a nagging wife and an alcohol abuse problem. Harry looks every bit of his 20 years.
Harry Potter…after what six years, you would think he would be immune to the little wonders of magic. He still has that doe eyed excitement when someone flicks a wand.
SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT
The movie loosely follows the book, but the whole Half Blood Prince think is mentioned in the last ten minutes of the movie. .
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Dumbledore dies.
Harry and Ginny hook up.
Draco is a beyotch.
Next time, I’m waiting for cable.