I hate writing traditional movie reviews. I hate having to express myself within the confines of a structured checklist. Here's the plot summary. The acting was strong. The writing was confident. The sets were pretty. The music was loud.
Worst of all is having to rate films though some kind of metric: numbers, letters, stars, thumbs, tomatoes, etc.
Congratulations to Harry Potter, the boy wizard who just scored the biggest North American opening in motion picture history this past weekend. In another time, this kind of news would have the showbiz world at a standstill. But in today's showbiz society, it's just another day at the office. And that's too bad, because the numbers are impressive.
It's not very often that fictional characters and their respective universes (especially ones this young) become more than just pieces of our pop culture and become a global phenomenon.
It's that time again.
The last time we left young Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), they had managed to avoid being captured by the evil Dementors of Azkaban and learned the truth about Sirius Black's intentions towards Harry.
This is the 4th Harry Potter movie and the third director.
Do you know what's strange? We are already witnessing the fourth Harry Potter film and it just seems like yesterday we were introduced to the boy wizard as he began his first day at the wizarding school, Hogwarts.
What is there to be said about Harry Potter that hasn't been said before? The wizard and his universe, created by a then-out-of-work school teacher J.K. Rowling, has gone on to be one of the most successful book franchises in history with massive anticipation for each subsequent book and film release in the series.
In the now-classic third book in the "Harry Potter" series, author J.K. Rowling first began to carve her boy-wizard chronicles into a series that could reach beyond a child audience.