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Two Blondes Go to a Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1

December 1, 2010

Alison says:

This may hurt my street cred (Jessica is shaking her head at me for thinking I have street cred), but I love the Harry Potter books. Love them. I think JK Rowling is amazing. Just had to say that. But I will admit something. Despite being a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter books, I hadn’t really kept up with the movies. I’d seen the first one in the theaters and hadn’t been too impressed and was upset at how disappointing the movie felt in comparison to the experience of reading the book. Then I think I saw the 2nd and 3rd movies, but didn’t feel the need to keep up with the movie series after that. I just loved the books too much. Then a couple months back, I saw the trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” and was like “Wow, that looks really good.” Then a few weeks ago, Jessica asked me if I wanted to get tickets ahead of time to go see the new Harry Potter movie. I mentioned not being caught up on the movies, and thus she lent me her DVD collection. And yes, the movies did get better with each one. And then I got really excited to see Deathly Hallows (and Jessica’s excitement was also somewhat contagious as well).

Jessica and I got tickets for Friday night of opening weekend at the dome at Arclight. As we sat down in our seats with our boxes of Sour Patch Kids, we were pretty ecstatic to see one of our favorite stories brought to life and so was everyone else in the theater. It was palpable in the air. People could not wait to see this movie. And it was a great film. I was thoroughly happy and thrilled the entire time. I’d also like to say for anyone who thinks wizards or spells are nerdy, then go see this movie and see how dangerous magic can be.  Okay, I just re-read that sentence and realized it sounds extremely nerdy, but I’m serious. There’s some scenes with fights between wizards where the effects and the speed of the spells and zaps literally took my breath away. It’s a stunning, exciting movie. And I absolutely love these characters. The minute the movie was over, I was sad I have to wait so many months for Part 2.

LA Viewers: Worth paying full price at Arclight. Go see this movie. Also worth paying full price to go see a second time. It’s one of those movies that is just a great movie-going experience.

Translation for non-LA viewers: Go see it. Now.

Cute Jessica quote from before the movie started: “Accio Sour Patch Kids.”

 

Accio Sour Patch Kids!

Jessica says:

Warning:  I discuss the plot of this story, so SPOILER ALERT, but I mean really?  The book was a phenomenon that has been out for over three years.

I did not write the review immediately after seeing the movie, which I have vowed to myself to do several times now.  I’m just a procrastinator at heart.  Usually the problem that occurs when I don’t write my review immediately is that I end up forgetting whatever I had to say about the film.  That is not the case with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1.  I remember it easily.  In fact, I’m still in the process of re-reading the book.  The problem is my opinion has been swayed by hearing what others had to say about it.  If you would have asked me right after I walked out of the screening Alison and I went to I would have seem like a giddy schoolgirl, “It was awesome!  I can’t wait for the next one!”  Now, with time, my reaction is a bit more tempered.  It was good, not great and not my favorite of the Harry Potter set.

I’m sure you know this by know, but the book on which the film was based was split into two films.  This is part one.  I’m not sure there is much to be done about any of the possible negatives from this Deathly Hallows, Part 1.  The final book in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a mammoth in physical size and is chockablock full of a combo of action and very important information.  The film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Pt. 1, drags a bit in places, but I’m not sure that could be helped.  Most of the very important information you’re given in the book happens in the first two thirds, which just so happens to be the plot for this film.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on a mission set to them by their former headmaster, Dumbledore, to find Horcruxes.  I’m not going to bother to go into describing what those are here, just suffice it to say they are very important to the overall plot of the 7-part story.  The section of their journey that is covered in this film is kind of boring at times because they can’t find what they’re looking for (cue U2).

 

There are some really great parts in Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1 too.  I will admit that I teared up when Ron destroys the Horcrux after it reveals all his insecurities.  I also got a little emotional in the final scene – the opening of Dumbledore’s tomb.  Ugh.

If you haven’t read the books, but enjoy the films just stick with this and remind yourself to think of it as only part one to a story.  If you’ve read the books and love them to the point of being kind of obsessive (like me), then you have nothing to worry about – you’ll just be so excited that it’s finally here that you’ll enjoy it.

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Two Blondes Go to a Movie: Twilight

December 17, 2008

Two Blondes review a movie and ramble about themselves:

JESSICA SAYS:

I called dibs on Robert Pattinson years ago, but when I say ‘Robert Pattinson,’ I really mean Cedric Diggory.  I first noticed him in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the role of Cedric required him to be charming and heroic without saying much and to keep his hair at a reasonable level of unkemptness.  Now yes, I know that at the time he was only 17 and I was…older than that.  However, I knew if I just had a little patience, one day the world wouldn’t judge us as harshly.

These days, his hair has reached ridiculous levels.  Have you seen this: http://www.tmz.com/2008/12/04/robert-pattinsons-internal-hair-war/? I mean honestly.  We can’t go out now because I feel certain that he does not meet one of my dating requirements—that he take less time to get ready than I do.  I can only imagine the effort that goes into getting one’s hair to do that. Even with the nonsensical hair, he is still v., v. pretty.

When I heard Robert Pattinson was cast as the beautifully heroic, beautifully sullen, beautifully tortured, beautiful vampire, Edward Cullen, I have to say I was v. pleased.  (That’s just a small taste of how often Stephenie Meyer points out how beautiful he is in the book, but we are not here to review the book.)  I should point out that I was about halfway into book three from the Twilight series when I saw this movie.

I read the first book in two nights and I am not a fast reader.  It’s not really that the book was that good, but more so that I wanted to hurry up and get to ‘the good stuff,’ if you know what I’m saying.  My inner teenage girl was constantly screaming, “Ooh!  Kiss her!!”  Then I realized when I got to the end of the book that there wasn’t going to be any ‘good stuff.’  I had heard Stephenie Meyer is Mormon, but I never really thought about what, if any, effect that might have on her writing, in the same way that I never considered what John Grisham’s religious beliefs might be when I read The Firm.  I was just enjoying a fun, light read.  It turns out I was probably underestimating what it means to be Mormon, since *SPOILER ALERT* the whole saga turns out to be a morality play about the value of virginity.

When I see a movie after having read the source material, I really try not to make nitpicky comparisons over stuff like whether Bella’s truck looked like it was described in the book or not.  No one wants to be anywhere near the person in the theatre whispering loudly, “That’s not how it is in the book.”  Since the movie was already cast and publicized by the time I finally got around to reading the books, Bella and Edward in my head looked like Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

There were some plot changes, but they didn’t bother me.  I was really too distracted by other issues.  It was only moments into the movie when I discovered that unless guided by experienced hands (with a large budget), all those pieces of the vampires-are-real plot that were totally logical and not hokey in your head while reading the book, will look completely and utterly absurd on the big screen.  I didn’t flinch at all when I read that Edward, being a vampire, sparkles magnificently in the sunlight.  However, when I saw that in the movie, I convulsed into what I like to call the ‘church giggles’ (you know, when something funny happens in a situation where you are not supposed to be laughing, which only makes it harder not to laugh).

I have to say, I’m going to lay a lot of blame at the feet of Catherine Hardwicke, the director, here.  I expected the movie to be cheesy, being that it is a romance about vampires marketed to teenage girls and a lot of the time I like cheesy, but this went beyond.  I don’t know what direction, if any, the actors were given, but whenever someone was supposed to be brooding (which happens a lot in the film) they looked either like they were trying to telepathically communicate the lyrics to “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Robert Pattinson) or they were suffering from a bad case of irritable bowel syndrome (Jasper played by Jackson Rathbone).  Oh, and the music!  Ugh.  I felt like there was a constant, overpowering score that was trying to make up for the drama or tension that wasn’t happening on the screen.

Let’s just suffice it to say:  Robert Pattinson—still pretty, but please stop it with the hair.  I’m not ready to write him off as a bad actor yet because he has some upcoming roles that sound intriguing, but if I had to judge only off his performance in Twilight he wouldn’t be getting very high marks.  I was not going to waste money seeing the sequel until I heard the studio changed directors, so wise move on your part, Summit Entertainment, et al.

I don’t recommend seeing this movie, unless you could make some sort of Rocky Horror/Showgirls-like drinking game out of it.

ALISON SAYS:

I just want you all to know that I am breathing very heavily and looking at the computer with brooding eyes as I type this blog. Okay that joke may be a couple weeks late, but some of us aren’t thirteen and have jobs and may have been too busy to go see Twilight opening weekend.  Speaking of opening weekend, I heard a funny story from someone who did actually attend a Twilight screening that weekend. As we all know, lines were long and full of teenage girls.  And apparently before letting lines in, movie ushers would instruct the crowds not to scream, run, or squeal as they entered the theater.  I love that this had to be stressed.  Those poor theater employees must have their ears pounding by the end of opening weekend with all the screaming fans.

Overall, I found this movie hilarious.  I laughed a lot, I know I wasn’t supposed to, but I did.  All the jumping and sparkling and lingering looks and angst.  I also learned that apparently when vampires go into direct sunlight their button down shirts suddenly open up, revealing perfectly carved abs and pecs and they become sparkly.   I am a huge fan of sparkles (huge), but I don’t understand why the undead would be sparkly.  I realize the target audience for this movie are big fans of glitter, so what could possibly be better than a dreamy, glittering hunk of a man/boy, but still it seems to go against every conception of what it is to be undead.

A lot of the movie felt like an overly dramatized music video.  Lots of heavy guitar twangs underlining what’s happening in the story and the oh so deep emotions of Bella and Edward.  But it’s definitely still an entertaining flick to watch, even if you’re not a thirteen-year-old girl or a die-hard fan of the book series.  Let’s just put it out there, Robert Pattinson is hot.   Any red-blooded woman probably felt at least some kind of twinge in her lady parts from his appearance on screen, even with all the white powder.

Dear Robert Pattinson’s cheekbones,
We get it.
Alie

I’ve had some of my less good looking male friends complain about how they can never tell what a girl wants.  And they’re right.  You could have a guy show up with a dozen roses, and if you don’t like him, you’d find it weird or creepy, but if you like him, it’s a grand, sweeping gesture.  Someone like Robert Pattinson can tell a girl he likes to watch her sleep and it doesn’t register on the creepyometer, because you’re too entranced by his perfectly messy coif or his dark, searching eyes or the way the light catches his beautiful skin. So to my less handsome male friends, don’t tell a girl you watch her sleep or stare at her from across a room while breathing heavily.  Unless you look like Pattinson, it’s probably not gonna go the way you had planned.

LA Viewers: It’s worth catching a matinee at the Grove or Arclight, but I wouldn’t pay full price unless you are 13.

Translation for non-LA natives: A matinee is the way to go.