Monday, November 21, 2005

Triwizards, music and Kamal

Friday, I reached home early and boy, was I lucky? Caught the last half hour of thillu mullu on tv. I didn't remember this movie much, so had a good laugh and a nice surprise was Kamal in the last scene. Nice.

Got to play my veena and it was not a bad effort, being the first.

And then the highlight of the week, THE movie. yep, watched an older Potter, brawnier Ron and less frizzy Hermione. Director Mike Newell has done a wonderful job adapting it to fit the film length. I sorely missed Richard Harris. Dumbledore played by Michael Gambon, was a bit of a letdown. The cool and collected Albus was missing. Cho Chang! What can I say, I was thinking they would have someone like this, breathtakingly beautiful, but no, very ordinary! The Patil sisters, didn't seem to look like each other, even a tad bit, and also, ordinary. Of course, Diggory and Krum are quite the thing. Not bad there. Karkaroff seems ok and also the Barty Crouches. The kids are looking a bit grown up, hope to get to finish the rest quickly. Since most of the focus was the triwizard championship, the usual cast didn't get much screen time. Malfoys didn't show up much. Is it just me, or is Emma Watson's facial expressions a bit overdone? The world cup didn't take too much time either. The special effects need special mention. Great work there. In the scene where they first introduce the world cup venue, I thought I saw the Indian flag. It was too fleeting. Watch out for that one and do let me know.

All in all, crisp adaptation. To me, the only down thing about this movie was some of the casting. Must watch on the big screen.

9 comments:

Balaji said...

still waiting to c it... wanted to go today but wife fell sick!! some foul work's afoot!

Dubukku said...

Veena concert aaa? Great!! Kudos!

Munimma said...

greatlaam illai. rara venu :-) kootathoda govinda

Navin said...

Yes the Indian flag was there, in the scene before they enter the tent. Thillu mullu and you forget to mention superstar? Kamal is worth mentioning...but kudos goes to superstar. No wonder you thought that the Indian Flag was there :) It is actually there. I guess you missed the magic of the movie when you start expecting that this has to be done this way :)...sit back relax and enjoy and you will notice all the details more precisely. Bookworm ayita this is one disadvantage..expectations run high..I am happy that I had this advantage over you and enjoyed the moment when it lasted...I will read the books when the movie series is completed, so that my imagination does not kill someone elses :).

Munimma said...

:-) When Kamal is there, I forget the rest ;-)

As to expectations, I had a pretty open mind when I saw it yesterday and was not disappointed, far from it. I enjoyed it better because I didn't have to worry about what was going to happen next. So could appreciate what the director's and screenwriter's joint imagination brought out from the book.

Incognito said...

Entered through your blog thro' navin's! have also written abt HP. even i thought emma watson was slightly exaggerating.. i watch the movie first formost for Stuart Craig. He is my thaliavar. I dont know why nobody is mentioning him.

Incognito said...

I love her (J.K.Rowling) style of writing. Very gripping. Something like the second enid blyton, though none can beat her. I still read through malory towers, St. Clair's and especially The adventures of Far-away tree. Glad, you loved the sets. :)

Ganesh said...

I also watch it last saturday
as you said,better wind this up one quickly, more over why she kills off a charachter in each of her book I dont know. Even half blood prince was kind of letdown.

mohanraj said...

The Harry Potter movies are becoming stereotypes. I heard that Harry Potter will die in the 7th book.