Mr. Bill George Presents

Harry Potter And The Blah, Blah, Blah

In Film on July 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

So this movie taught me a little something about myself: I have become completely and utterly apathetic towards this franchise. I read all the books. I’ve seen all the movies. And still nothing has occurred in any of them that has ever made me say, “wow, I have got to read/see that again.”

There are two main reasons for this. One is my bias against the fantasy genre in general (the focus of a soon to come post in which all will be explained, I assure you). The other is my tendency to cling obsessively to a subject, only to abandon it all together after. And I guess I’ve reached a point in my life where I have moved on from Harry Potter.

When the final book was set to come out (which was an atrocity, by the way) I read all the previous ones in sequence in order to catch up. But the minute I put down the trainwreck that was The Deathly Hallows, I immediately began losing interest in everything I had just invested so much time into.

Sure, I held on long to enough to be excited for the fourth (and even fifth) film, but that goodwill has waned. And going into the sixth, I was simply going through the motions.

Don’t get me wrong, I in no way actively disliked this film. In fact, I enjoyed it and chuckled at a number of moments (the humor was well-played and Alan Rickman is mesmorizing as usual) but I was never excited.

To be perfectly honest: I felt no passion whatsoever. And it seemed to me like the director didn’t either. The film rolled along not because there was a worthwhile story to tell, but because the movie had to be made.

Which makes sense, putting this film on the same level as the book it represents: It’s all set up. Its entire purpose is to build to the eventual finale. And it fulfills that purpose. It’s just not a very fruitful endeavor when put on the big screen for 2+ hours in the hope of entertaining the masses.

So back to the reason you’re here. What did I think of Warner Bros.’ new release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Well, I sincerely thought it was good.

That’s all I can say. It is what it is. If you’ve seen the others you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and you already know how you are going to feel about it. No surprises here.


Entourage has returned to HBO for its sixth season. I enjoyed the premiere because it gave us a chance to see the boys together again after all this time. But the series is definitely spinning its wheels. The seasons are becoming very cyclical. Something really has to happen this season that fundamentally changes the dynamic of the show and Vince’s career. Just showing his rise and fall and cheap rise again at the end of each season is not enough. (And yes, having Martin Scorsese call at random when all hope seemed lost, was very cheap.)

– After only two episodes I already expect great things from the new show that now precedes EntourageHung. Definitely worth a watch. (It is available OnDemand to those who already have HBO but may have missed it.)

– Quick reminder: Wipeout remains the best show on television. Period.

  1. That’s funny how you read Deathly Hollows, and still were able to hang on long enough to be excited about the fourth film. You realize that Deathly Hollows came out before the fifth film, right? But some how you read it before the fourth was released.

    This article should be retitled as: “Everyone else likes Harry Potter, so that means I have to hate it.”

  2. On point 1: Fair enough, I apologize for my mis-remembering the timetable of the book and film releases.

    Point 2: I’d love to know from what are you deriving this so-called ‘hatred’ I have for Harry Potter? Just a few lines up you’ll see I enjoyed the new movie and thought it was good. (Losing passionate interest in a series is a far cry from hating it.) To your credit, I did generally hate the final book, but that’s the only thing in series I feel that way about.

    P.S. I must be more into Harry Potter than you are seeing as I actually know the proper title of the final book in the series…

  3. burn.

  4. “The other is my tendency to cling obsessively to a subject, only to abandon it all together after”… Mii thinks that a certain Motion-sensing Nintendo product fits into this category. A Deathly Hollow choice now that MotionPlus is here.

  5. Ah, a perfect example. Well played sir. You know me all too well.

    (P.S. It’s hAllows, not hOllows. Hence my correction of the previous commentator.)

  6. I lost interest in Harry Potter a long while ago. I used to be so into HP up until the fourth book came out.

    5th, 6th, 7th?

    Haven’t read them at all. And the last movie I saw was the Goblet of Fire.


  7. i started those books in 8th grade so by the time the last one came out (sometime during college) the characters had aged along with me and had been living in my imagination for awhile so I must say that I love the series predominantly because it was a running part of my life for so long.

    I’ve only seen Order of the Pheonix so far as movies go, about to see half blood prince in like 2 hours so im interested to see how itll compare to the text.

  8. I just recently started watching Wipeout…it is pretty great. I also enjoy America’s Got Talent, but I’m not always programmed to remember when these shows are on so your reminders are helpful.

  9. Haha, glad I could be of assistance. Sounds like you need a DVR…

  10. Before you judge movies and wether they are good or not maybe you should look at your terrible taste in tv shows.

  11. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Let’s all take a deep breath here. First of all, you have noted previously how we seem to have an identical taste in movies, so you can’t call me out on that. And secondly, if loving WIPEOUT is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

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