punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Two reviews with spoilers behind cut

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was really good. I will miss these characters. I wish the death of Teddy's parents was treated a little better, and Ginny took a backseat, character-wise. Man, what a lot of deaths. I never thought I'd meet a house-elf I'd miss so much as Dobby. Molly Weasley's statement to Belltrix reminded me of Ripley's statement in the movie Aliens, "Get away from her, you bitch!"

And my theory that the haunted car from book #2 would save the day again? Wrong.

It took me 8 hours to read the book. I had to re-read the Battle at Hogwarts like 3 times just to keep track.

I wonder what's next for Rowling?

Next is "Hairspray," which I had been looking forward to for a while. I LOVED this John Waters film back in the 1980s, and I knew it was turned into a musical, and then when I heard the film of the musical was coming out, I had mixed feelings about it. But it seemed fun. So I saw that on Sunday.

I still have mixed feelings about it. I think the pacing was a little off, the storyline deviated far away from the original the later in the story it went, and a few of the actors were a little weak. John Travolta didn't make a good Edna. Amanda Bynes... it was hard to tell if the director didn't like her, or she ended up on the editing room floor... I thought her character was very shallow, and even though they called her "Lily White" a lot, she had an awfully deep Brazilian tan for being a child of a religious shut-in. The music was good in many parts, and there were some amazing numbers. Nikki Blonski was EXCELLENT as Tracy, Queen Latifa is always good, and Elijah Kelley made an awesome Seaweed.

Overall, I liked the film. There were just too many awkward parts to keep up the flow for me, however, and so I give this film a borderline C+/B-, more to the B- because John Waters made a cameo in the opening number her was BORN to play! Heh. Anyone notice some of the other characters from the old film? Rikki Lake (Tracy) played a Talent Agent. Ben Stiller (Wilbur) played Mr. Pinky.
Tags: hairspray, harry potter, review
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