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Wick-Quoting #25: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Let’s face it, the Harry Potter movies cannot compare with the books (especially if you’ve got a really good imagination).  The movies have many faults, including a few bad actors, awkward scenes, and disappointing action.  Also, who the hell decided for Voldemort to look like an idiot?  When I was a kid reading the books, I imaged him to look so much cooler.

One of the biggest problems for me is Daniel Radcliffe.  He looks like Harry Potter, but he’s not that good at expressing it.  Even so, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is a must see movie.  You have to be one sad person to not have watched any of the movies so far.  While the movie is awkward in a LOT of areas, it still delivers the expected quality which fans desire.  Harry Potter has it all – romance, action, adventure, serious plot twists, likable characters, & a huge, well-known cast.

Hands off my egos

The movie starts off well with a griping chase scene that starts off humorous, plays out serious, and ends bittersweet.  While the film does change some facts from the book, they are not huge.  For example, the Death Eaters find out who the real Harry is by Hedwig attacking.  In the book, the real Harry is revealed by Harry using his signature spell.  While these changes may ruin the “magical” feeling of the movie, they are necessary to appeal to the broader audience.  It is impossible for the movie to build upon and follow every single detail from the book.

Snape is possibly the coolest character in Harry Potter

Movies that are based on books suffer from what I call, the Harry Potter Syndrome.  This is when the movies are unable to deliver the story correctly because of the limitation due to time.  The past Harry Potter films definitely had the Harry Potter Syndrome; however, this movie does not.  There are two main reasons for this: 1) the main characters are not going to Hogwarts, meaning no short clips of them in their classes.  The movie only has to follow them on their journey to destroy the Horcruxes.  2) The last book is, as you all know, being shown in two parts.  This was a very wise decision, because it allows for better quality movies that don’t seem rushed, and it will also make so much more money.

The worst scene ever

Although the movie has more time to deliver a satisfying story, I feel as though the movie makers wasted a lot of screen time on unnecessary scenes that work against the series as a whole.  One of these scenes is when Harry gets Hermione to dance with him for like 5 whole freaking minutes.  Not only is the scene super duper awkward (like this sentence), there is really no point to it.  It almost seems like Harry wants to get some afterward.  I did learn, however, in addition to his poor acting skills that Daniel Radcliffe also cannot dance.

Their romance is a bit too sudden

Thankfully, there are many other actors in the movie that are pretty awesome  such as Emma Watson and Rupert Grint who fit their characters perfectly.  But no one fits their character better than Helena Bonham Carter does.  She makes Bellatrix a much cooler Death Eater than she is in the books.  Her throwing the knife is bad ass.  Speaking of that scene, I find it hilarious how Harry is the only one near Dobby when he’s about to die.  Ron and Hermione just watches them from a distance, not even trying to save Dobby.  Earlier in movie, Hermione is all over it when Ron gets injured.  It’s no wonder Dobby’s line is, “Dobby is happy that he is with his friends, Harry Potter.”

Despite the awkward scenes (they should just be expected being a Harry Potter movie) the film made over 600 million dollars already and had a much bigger opening compared to the previous film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price.  The film has nice landscape shots (trying to jack LOTR’s style) and nice CGI.  Do I think you should watch it?  Let this number be the judge of that.

7.9 (<–Doesn’t tell you much, huh?  Just so you know, a 6 is about average, and anything above a rating of 7 is worth watching.  You’ll rarely see me give out anything below 5, because I don’t want to waste my time watching shit movies in the first place.)

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Wick-Quoting #17: Inception

One of the main reasons why Inception is so appealing is because it gives spectators a challenge.  Unlike other films, it assumes people are smart enough to understand what films have to offer.  And people like being treated as being smart.  Don’t you all… you intelligent readers you.

The shots were amazing in this movie

Even before the film came out, I knew (along with a bunch of others) that it would be highly entertaining and be considered an amazing film.  Why?  Just look at the players that make up the film.  First of all, Christopher Nolan wrote and directed.  However, you can’t really trust the legitimacy of a film based on the director alone though.  See what happened to M. Night Shyamalan with The Last Airbender?  Besides Nolan, there’s the awesome cast with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, and many others.  I sort of saw Leonardo DiCaprio as someone who could’ve been easily replaced by another male lead actor.  But he still did an awesome job as the leader of the pack.  And the music was “sensational” (for you AGT people out there).  If a film has Hans Zimmer as its composer, chances are, it’s going to blow you away.

Why is he stalking me?

After watching the film, many people said that some of the scenes reminded them of The Matrix.  For example, the scene in the hallway of the hotel where gravity is shifted about is similar to Neo bending the rules in the Matrix.  I’d have to disagree.  In The Matrix, the character, Neo, is the one who controls he’s unique abilities and bends perception.  In Inception, the strange bending of gravity is not caused by the characters, but by an outer force which they cannot control.  If anything, Inception, reminded me Nolan’s previous work, The Dark Knight.  The epicness of the films, the interesting shots, and the familiar actors, all caused me to think of Batman while watching Inception.  It makes much more sense.  The characters in Inception don’t even wear sunglasses.  And like the guys in Inception, Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight has a slick back hair style.

Similar to this shot, other shots in Inception contain vanishing points

If there’s a film to watch this summer, it is definitely this one.  Just look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s facial expression here.

He has an awkward smile on during the car chasing scenes too

The ending of the film doesn’t matter.  Whether the spinning top falls or not, who cares.  You watch the film, are entertained, what more do you need?  Really, the last scene is just something that Nolan added at the end to make you think more about the film and say, “maybe I should go watch the movie again and see if it’s real or not.”  So it’s not as much of a story-adding scene as it is a marketing ploy.

Who's to say that the top spins in a dream?

Now to look forward to Nolan’s next big film.. Batman 3!!

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