Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the best major fantasy production since Fellowship of the Ring. I'd be hard pressed to not call it perfection if not for the huge continuity error during Hermione's torture. It is, without a doubt, the best Potter movie for a few simple reasons. It has less action (in scope) and more character development. The camping scenes, which many find tedious, are fantastic because of the development we get. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Harry cheering Hermione up by having a little dance. There is nothing offensive about the two in the locket embracing and trying to suck each other's heads off. It is there for development and obviously not to placate the fanboys who object to the tiniest bit of change, no matter how it improves a given scene. A
Unfortunately, Deathly Hallows Part 2 doesn't live up to its predecessor because the very nature of it is predicated on an epic battle. It's all climax with very little cool down. Of course "The Prince's Tale" is the highlight in the quality department (development), but what else is there to remember outside of a few dark moments (Lavender being bit by Greyback)? It's a wholly forgettable finale and that's unfortunate. Perhaps I'd say it's the best in the series if it were half an hour longer to allow for some breathing room between each set piece. If they added some more character development, less comic relief, pulled back on the action, the filmmakers could have given us a masterpiece. C-
I am aware, martin, but it's still disingenuous to count against it when he wasn't seeing the 3D screening. How does he know it wouldn't work well in 3D? He doesn't. Let's apply this logic to The Hobbit. If you saw it in 2D 24fps, you may as well dock points given that everything you're seeing was made for 48fps. Those sweeping landscape pans with all of the juddering was made in 48fps to reduce that horrid effect. I'm going to dock points!
Every TCM movie since 2003 has been a gore fest. I think counting off for that given the precedent is ill advised as well.
The books are such shit that even wanting the movies to be more like them is odd. Tolkien was a horrible writer, one more concerned with linguistics than narrative. Jackson actually made me want to read the books. I tried, but couldn't get through Two Towers. given that the entire trilogy was written as one large book, it's safe to say that what I would have kept reading would have been just as bad.
As a writer, when you are in doubt, stop and write multiple poem after poem that anyone with a lick of sense would laugh at their atrociousness. Also don't forget to describe every rock your character walks over.
Jackson made that story so much better. Hell, even incorporating those crappy poems into the score made them tolerable.
I'm going to say one more thing before I fuck off: While you're making decent money as a member of film industry, Henrick, at least know that I won't be making much money. That will be because a public servant, ie a math teacher, is under appreciated even though that profession is a public good. I want you to know that I will be better than you. I will be giving back to society in a manner that trumps perpetuating the crony capitalism that is the film industry.
I'm currently trying to figure out what the fuck looks dated in the LotR trilogy. The only thing I can think of at the moment is Legolas' bullshit jump onto the horse with Gimli. I think Jordy may be confusing CGI with matte paintings.
Since Jordy mentioned goddamned Potter, here goes nothing:
The terrible troll in PS/SS The horrendous looking exterior of the castle on the boat ride up in PS Dobby Kreacher Buckbeak Pixies Quidditch players in PS/SS and CoS
PS. What fucking dragon? There's no dragon in the trilogy. There are fireworks but there's no dragon. If he's talking about the Balrog looking bad, he's talking out of his ass and is probably watching a crappy DVD.
PPS I'm not angry with you, Jordy. I am just having a horrible day.