March 31, 2002
Now, let me just first say I saw the Harry Potter movie in a discount movie theater that normally costs $1.50/person, and since we went on Tuesday, which is bargain night, it only cost 50 cents/person. I can find absolutely nothing to PFFT! about regarding this, and it's all the more astonishing since I think the bargain movies when I was a kid were a dollar. Of course this place only has movies that have been out a while, or didn't receive an overwhelming reception at "good" theaters, but that doesn't matter to somebody who just wants to see a cheap movie. At those prices it's cheaper than Pay-Per-View and rental both.
So we went to see the movie. I read the book around Christmas, and generally enjoyed it, though I accepted that it was a children's book and didn't ask too many dumb questions (for example, why on earth does Harry return to his uncle's house at the end and not go stay with Ron?) The movie was 90% faithful to the book, and very nicely realized some things, such as the moving portraits and Professor Snape, played by Alan Rickman, who gives Gary Oldman a run for his money for playing the perfect villain.
So anyway, I saw the movie and I generally liked it. The biggest problem I had with it was it seemed Harry and friends had it much to easy at the end. What kind of a thing is it to protect something when three first-year wizards can get to it? In the book it seemed harder. I guess that's about the only PFFT! I have with it. I'm not sure I would have liked spending $7.50 on it, but for 50 cents, you'll get very few PFFTs out of me.
Published: March 31, 2002