Wednesday, July 30, 2008

And So, The Harry Potter Trailer



You know...I don't know, you guys. As Jason said on his own blog, I'm going to need to re-read the book if I want to remember everything that went down in the sixth installment, but the main thing I do remember -- the numerous illuminating flashbacks into the life and childhood of Tom Riddle, aka Voldemort -- is the main thing I'm worrying about in the movie. It wasn't so much a problem in the book because you were just steam-training your way through to see what happened, but now that we know where everything shakes out, won't all those flashbacks seem a little tedious? The fact that I can't remember anything else happening in the book before its climactic final chapters is a problem, I think. This is probably the least excited I've been for a Harry Potter movie in a long time. Which sucks, because it comes off of Order of the Phoenix, which was my favorite movie of the series. Hrmph.

7 comments:

jam said...

I'll admit to being ridiculously geeked out at the new Harry Potter trailer.

I did read (see above, in re: geek) an interview with...the director? Writer? Anyway, a Production Person who said that they were worried about flashbacks and how tricky that is to do without stalling the forward progress of the overall narrative, and so had streamlined the flashbacks to three or four important ones so as to keep more of the movie in the here and now.

This is a biggie!

Rbelle said...

I actually got little chills from the trailer, but I also remember very little of that part of the book. Or much of the book at all. I suspect that's because I (along with everybody else, I'd imagine) was sort of rushing through to the end to get to the part where Someone Seriously Dies.

I think there was soo much going on, between flashbacks to Harry's parents and Snape (that was book six, right?) to the stuff with Harry and Ginny, to the Tom Riddle storyline, to the search for the ... magical object whose name I don't remember, I really did read the books I swear - I can't imagine that they could ever create a movie much less a trailer that encompassed all that. Maybe that's why they focused on what might be the creepiest, rather than "most exciting" plot point, i.e, the Tom Riddle backstory.

DonJ said...

Hey, at least it looks like they didn't try to reimagine young Tom the way they reimagined young Anakin. Plus you'll have some nail-biting horcrux action and a little long-overdue screen time for Merope.

deirdre said...

I'm with you, Joe, this has me worried.

HBP was always going to be the trickiest of the books to adapt, not only because of all the flashbacks but because Harry's so passive through most of the book - he really only gets in on the action at the end. OotP was my favourite movie too, a lot of which had to do with the fact that Steve Kloves didn't write the script, and he's back for this installment. Uch.

Also, that kid doesn't look nearly creepy enough to be the young Tom Riddle. The acting world abounds in creepy kids - look at Dakota Fanning, look at all those X-Files episodes - why couldn't the casting director have found one?

Heather said...

I definitely concur that I'm nervous about this movie (and am concerned for myself that I have emotions such as anxiety over a film that isn't coming out for another five months). In HBP Harry farted around too much trying to figure out who was the Half-Blood Prince and erroneously obsessing over Malfoy. It didn't get good until the very end, and there's likely to be very little of Ralph Fienes as the bitching bad-ass in this one (he's totally the best character in the entire series). Ah, Thanksgiving Break should be awesome!

jessica said...

I don't care what you say, I'm effing excited. The trailer was creepy and awesome and I can't wait. The horcruxes were one of my favorite elements of the whole series, and this installment introduces and features them (sort of). I also love Jim Broadbent as Slughorn (not featured in the trailer, but irrelevent). I remember being in a desperate funk after finishing the book (the ending, the knowledge that the next one would be The End, etc.) but I'm hoping that translates to a dark feel for the film, much like the end of The Empire Strikes Back, where the setbacks have just about destroyed our heroes' resolves before the climax of the final chapter.

Heather said...

Back to this, EW did some decent coverage this past week and they've (apparently) chopped nearly all of the flashbacks out of the film (except for that shown in the trailer where Tom meets Dumbledore and one of Tom at school, perhaps one other). Problem solved.