Year 5 Is A (Patronus) Charm!
I didn’t write anything until now because i simply had to go back right away and see this again! It’s so awesome to actually be able to love a Potter film. The odd-numbered Potters have become the even-numbered Treks.
There are two essential ingredients to a year at Hogwarts that make it work for me. It has to have all of the old faves not only in it, but to figure out a way to juggle them all around and give them something worthwhile to do to forward the story. That’s something that i felt Year 4 lacked. Here, everyone you love is just as good if not better. Imelda Staunton’s Dolores Umbridge is fantastically unsettling and Evanna Lynch’s Luna Lovegood is my new favorite student at Hogwarts. And while Helena Bonham Carter hams things up just a bit too much, it wasn’t anything i couldn’t live with.
The second ingredient to a successful year at Hogwarts is Magic. Too many of the films have had either too little or no magic to them at all. And i’m not talking about characters onscreen doing magic. I’m talking about me sitting in the seat feeling it. Like Harry looking into the Mirror of Erised during Year 1 and Buckbeak’s flight as well as Prof. Lupin teaching Harry to conjure the Patronus in Year 3. Without going into spoliery details, Year 5 has the magic.
While still not close to the all around perfection that was Year 3, David Yates has created a film that plays like a direct sequel to Cauron’s entry. I don’t know where he came from – but i know i’m excited as hell he’s signed on for Half-Blood Prince. Speaking of, I now have the challenge of listening to all 17 CD’s of the audiobook before midnight next Friday, when i will go home from the Barnes & Noble release party and not leave the house until i find out where all this is going…
Oh, and, of course, seek it out in IMAX. The climactic scenes rule in IMAX 3D…much improved upon since last year’s hard-to-tell-what-you-were-looking-at Supes 3D sequences.
Hey, let’s all rate the 5 films so far. Mine are…
3 – 5 – 1 – 4 – 2