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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nope, Frodo wasn't in it, but it sure was good....

Posted on 2005.10.16 at 00:16

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Eyborg
eyborg at 2005-11-06 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
I loved all the HP movies, especially the third. :)

The first two movies were very good, although not without flaws. I felt they were much too Disney-like, and with too much "American" feel in them (no offence to Americans, hehe). Perhaps it has to do with the director being American?
The third movie is my favourite so far. Much darker, and much more "Harry Potter like". But the thing I admire most about the third movie is the cinematography - it's just beautiful!!! :)))

I'm actually very happy with all the actors (yes, even Trelawney, although yes, she looks very much like a 60's hippie who has smoked too much grass). The kids are absolutely adorable, and it's so much fun to watch them grow up, and to see them progress in their acting - they get better as they go! :)
My favourite adult actors are probably Maggie Smith (she IS McGonagall!), Alan Rickman (although I'm not really a Snape fan), and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid). And I found Kenneth Branagh absolutely hilarious as Gilderoy Lockhart. Oh, and one more: David Bradley who plays Mr. Filch, is deliciously ugly. One of my favourite "baddies" in the movies.

Oh, and I admit shamelessly that I have a huge crush on Daniel Radcliffe! (Although he's young enough to be my son!) But isn't it uncanny how much he is starting to look like Elijah Wood lately?

And like I've mentioned before, I'm sooo looking forward to the new movie. I have a feeling it's going to be the best so far (although I hear that Bill Weasley won't be in it - waaahhh!)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-06 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
Who is Bill Weasley? Oh! The hip brother! Dang, I liked that Weasley a lot. But I loved all the film scenes at the Weasley's. Their home was far better imagined than what I had been thinking of myself. I love the way the dad is playing the role, too.

Yes, I think Daniel Radcliffe is a very winning Harry, much more emotionally accessible and good-looking than book Harry. If I were a teenager, what a crush I would have on film-Harry, since he is heroic (and lovely) in a very open way. But I am already in love with film-Frodo, I simply don't have any devotion left for film-Harry *grin*. Film-Frodo is not only ravishing, but he's simply far more my sort of hero and heart throb. I just love his fineness of character, his nobility and his kind, amiable nature, all put to the test in a gorgeous display of suffering, both spiritual and physical. Harry simply doesn't have all that, even if his voice is soft, his eyes huge and his hair dark and plenteous.

I am so glad you loved Maggie Smith. She is not always mentioned, but I think she is perfect; better, even, than the character in the book (as is film Harry, in my book). I've already gushed over how good Rickman and Coltrane are, to me. And I love David Thewlis -- but I've loved him in his other films, too. I think the Dursleys have been excellent, too. They could have been massively overdone, but they weren't. Oh, and I love John Hurt as the wand shopkeeper (but I love him in everything). Yes, Kenneth Brannagh was wonderful as Lockhart. He's another I thought even better on film than in the book. Moaning Myrtle? A terrible disappointment. I think Draco's father is wonderfully icy and insidious, too.

Yes, you can tell I am looking forward to film 4. Even my daughter, who had refused to even open the books has enjoyed watching the films with me. She, too, though she won't admit it infront of her friends is anxious to see it.
Eyborg
eyborg at 2005-11-18 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
I so agree with you about the Weasleys (both Mr. and Mrs. W. are adorable!) - and I too loved the Weasley house! I could so well imagine living there myself. :)

I can very well understand why you prefer film-Frodo to film-Harry... Frodo is much older (even in hobbit years) and more mature than Harry is yet (Harry is just a kid, really). So Frodo definitely wins if we're talking about mature, dark-haired, heartthrob heroes (although my favourite film hobbit (and book hobbit) is still Merry... purrrrr).
It's just that I love watching Harry (and Ron and Hermione and all the other kids for that matter) basically growing up on the screen! He was such a cuuuuute little kid in the first movie, and in the 7th movie he will be a grown up man! (And who knows, perhaps some of the young actors will already be married by then! LOL!)

I also so agree with you about all the other actors you mentioned - they were brilliant (even John Hurt in his very small role). But I have to disagree with you about Moaning Myrtle though; I looooooved her! :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-18 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
I thought film Myrtle was very well-done, technically, but I thought she came off as only funny. In the book, I actually had empathy for Myrtle, even while she made me laugh. I suppose there was enough Myrtle in me as a miserable teenager to identify with her, whingeing and all. Film Myrtle is funny, but she seems irritating, otherwise, not someone I would feel empathy for.

I am very excited about seeing the new film. It's been getting terrific reviews. Our tickets are for Saturday night. I think Daniel Radcliffe is turning out to be a very good actor. I look forward to seeing him play someone other than Harry, if only to see if he is able to. He may have the Elijah problem: a super job in an extremely attractive role, followed by some very good work, but in much less attractive roles. I still am waiting for EW to play another character I can get excited about as a protagonist. So far, he hasn't.
Eyborg
eyborg at 2005-11-18 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I see what you mean about Myrtle. I guess I can agree at some point. :) She should perhaps have been more "miserable" in the film, since I've always felt really sorry for book-Myrtle (a part of me wishes that perhaps some day in the future she will finally find peace and not be a ghost forever...)

The new film will open here in Iceland on Nov. 25. I'm not sure yet when exactly I will see it; it will be sometime over that weekend though. Depends on how busy I will be at work (and how tired I will be, lol).

I agree about Daniel Radcliffe; not only is he turning more handsome, he is turning into a very good actor indeed. (And so are all the other kids, especially Rupert Grint as Ron). I simply cannot understand how many people (usually young kids) say that Daniel, Rupert and Emma Watson act badly! Well, I admit that they (esp. Daniel and Emma) were perhaps a wee bit stiff in the first movie (but still good), but they're all coming around. And people forget that those kids are still learning to act! Contrary to what everyone seems to believe, nobody (with perhaps some rare exceptions like Jodie Foster) springs forth a full-fledged actor just like that. Acting is something you need to learn, to be really good. One friend of mine once said that in order to be a good artist/actor/musician, it probably takes 10% talent and 90% work! - I just felt like ranting a bit now because I sometimes feel that people are being overly unfair and harsh especially towards children actors - not to mention that children actors are especially dependant on their directors, much more than adult actors. But so far the HP directors have been doing a good job. :)

I too look very much forward to seeing Daniel try his hand on other roles, when he's done with Potter. I hear that he is now preparing to do a movie in Australia called "December Boys", where he will be speaking with an Australian accent! :D Sounds like something worth taking a look at. :)
And my Inner Eye is telling me that he might make a fine James Bond candidate in 20 years or so! He definitely has the looks for it - it seems like he is going to be the next British hottie, the next generation after Orlando Bloom and Colin Firth! Tee hee.

As for Elijah - did you see Sin City? I haven't yet, but I've heard that Elijah did a pretty good job at playing the "bad guy" there. I might rent the movie, just to see if it's true. ;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-18 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
I think the boy who has been playing Ron is really good, too. I felt he sometimes was made to do a lot of mugging, but I blame the director for that. I said it before but I thought he did beautifully in the chess game scene. I think the actor(s) who play the twin Weasleys are great, too. I hope they get more to do in the new film.

As for child actors, as a Frodo fan, of course, I drop in regularly at "The Faculty" the Khazad-dum thread for Elijah Wood as an actor. He seems to have been a good actor since he started, and, a "natural." He is described as doing his work at 100% in terms of energy, but as a child he consistently called it "fun" rather than work. His mother insisted that when it stopped being fun for him, he would not act. Apparently it kept being a thing he really enjoyed doing.

Yes, I saw Sin City, a film I can admire but not love. I watched it once and that was plenty. EW does just what is required in his little role as the one-expression serial killer, Kevin. In fact, he almost got as much critical attention for that five minutes than he did for Frodo! But the role was a really easy one. EW could have done it in his sleep, so it was no big deal as far as I was concerned, in terms of acting, even if he did a fine job.
Eyborg
eyborg at 2005-11-30 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
You're right; Elijah Wood is definitely one of those "rare cases" I spoke about. And so is Haley Joel Osment (although I've never seen him in a movie yet, I've just heard great things about him). Furthermore, Elijah is also one of those lucky child actors that have successfully transformed from a good child actor into a good adult actor (like Jodie Foster did). Not many child actors have succeeded in this - Macauley Culkin didn't (at least we haven't seen that yet).

BTW I just recently saw Goblet of Fire and loooooved it! And I plan to see it again soon. :) I definitely agree about Rupert (yes, I loved the chess scene, one of Ron's finest moments) and the Phelps twins (who played the Weasley twins); they did a great job. I do keep high hopes for all those kids; they seem to be willing to work hard and do the best they can. Can't wait to see them in coming HP movies! :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-30 22:38 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Eyborg, we went back to see Goblet of Fire again, because the theatre we first saw it at was so terrible. Yes, the Weasleys got a LOT of screentime (the twins and Ron, anyway), for which I was very grateful. I really loved their work in this film, which built very well on the previous one.

Haley Joel Osment was great in his "little boy" films like The Sixth Sense. I didn't like him nearly as well in "Secondhand Lions" as a teenager. Hopefully, he is just going through an awkward stage. He was a very good child actor.
Eyborg
eyborg at 2006-01-27 21:19 (UTC) (Link)
I think I mentioned that I had never yet seen HJO in a movie: Well, it seems that it's not entirely accurate. It was actually him who played Forrest Gump as a child in the movie with the same name, and he did a very good job there (it's one of my favourite movies). :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-01-27 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I thought he was very good in that, too. He was in several important films as a child.
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