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Nevertheless, despite my being a supposed not-quite-fan, I actually woke up early (for me) to watch the first screening at Trinoma, which was full, despite it being a working/school day. We were lucky enough to still score tickets 5 minutes to showing time.
Before I forget: It's surpassed The Dark Knight with midnight screening ticket sales earning $22.2 million. Also, I really like all their posters, cause I'm shallow like that. i forgot to bring the scarf I crocheted AGAIN.
Critics Gonna Be Critics
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Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News said:
As for the ever-impressive supporting cast, neither a delightfully befuddled Jim Broadbent nor a wild-eyed Helena Bonham Carter can upstage Alan Rickman, who again proves invaluable as the slithery Prof. Snape.I'm gonna say that the cast vastly improved acting-wise, when it comes to the young'uns, and I thought it lacked Snape, considering he is the half-blood prince. I wish there were a bit more of Snape, really. A bit more of his memories. A bit more of him period. I miss his greasy hair and Alan Rickman's delivery of lines.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said:
I admired this Harry Potter. It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always, only more so.YES YES YES. It was so beautiful. From the opening disaster of the Millenium bridge to the really pretty Underground sequence and every other pretty shot of Hogwarts, I kept turning to _lexizzle to tell him how I was so awestruck by the prettiness of the cinematography and the set design! I don't know how I felt with the other five films, but this one felt so rich and full of life -- despite not being one the more ~serious books.
Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer said:
Slower and talkier than the five Potters that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing.It did have a ton of hormonal angst and I don't know if this is the result of some audience testing or FGD that said teenagers want angst, because I'm sure some hardcore fans would have preferred a more-canon take on the film, but for a Muggle-viewer, it surely brought on the romance and most of the couples (I'm looking at you Harry/Ginny! WTF?!) delivered with the entertainment.
While I Remain Easy to Please
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I don't know if their intention was to attract non-fans of the book because taking out key scenes and making up entirely new ones probably won't sit too well with canon fans. All the romance is sure to entertain someone I know (*cough*jamypye*cough*) who hasn't gotten past book 1.
Still, for something that I didn't expect to enjoy (not after Order of The Phoenix), I really did have fun watching it and I'm definitely looking forward to the last (two) movies.
ETA: I know I forgot so many things, but there was too many to remember (like Harry high on Felix Felicis!) thanks derschatzi. BUT I have to say that I found the girl Harry flirted with in the Underground to be tremendously beautiful.
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