One of my greatest joys as a parent is having a 6 year old who loves the movies as much as I do.
Today we had a ‘date’ to see the new Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Dinner would be a large bucket of sweet popcorn between us and talk was of Dementors, spells and ‘why was there snogging in the adverts for the film?’
In another life I was a film reviewer. And by far my biggest irritation is when someone reviews a movie that they clearly don’t ‘get’.
Why ask a male film critic who is obviously into his sci fi and action movies to review Sex and the City? Seriously, I saw that happen.
And why ask a middle aged reviewer who waxes lyrical about the merits of political dramas and fact-based thrillers to review the latest Pixar offering?
It makes no sense to me.
And so, for all you Harry Potter fans out there, I bring you the perfect reviewer for this movie: My 6 year old son.
A huge fan of the films (we’re planning on reading the books together soon), a film buff (his favourite film ever is Iron Giant – and if you haven’t seen that movie, dear lord why ever not?) and a young man who thinks Harry Potter is so cool he even dressed up as him for World Book Day at school.
To make it easy for him, I broke it down into 2 areas: cool things about the film. Rubbish things about the film (come on, he’s only 6!)
WARNING: There may be some plot spoilers!
Over to you Dan:
The magic was good and am I allowed to say about the shock at the end? No? Oh.
I liked Ron’s brother’s magic things shop and the Quidditch game with Ron in goal. That made me laugh.
And when Ron was in love and hugging everyone that was so funny.
Oh and the memory thing, when they go into memories and see what happened in the past, that was good too.
Nothing was really rubbish. It was too long. I really loved it but I wish it had been shorter. All the popcorn had run out and my bum was getting numb and mummy kept telling me not to fidget. But if they had made it shorter they may have cut the cool bits out. They could have cut the kissing out. There was no need for that.
The creatures in the water really made me jump. They were a bit scary, but I loved it. I don’t think I’ll be dreaming about them, but maybe Dumbledore’s black hand. That was gross!
I should just like to add that the special effects were fabulous and the filmmakers have really managed to bring the pages of the book to life.
And boy have the characters all grown up. Is it wrong to fancy Harry Potter a little bit?
It is long, but it feels like the characters have the chance to breathe more. However, at nearly 3 hours I did worry about how Dan would make it through.
Also I would say it’s a film for fans – it’s not really something you can dip into if you haven’t seen any of the others.
It’s not ‘wow, this was brilliant’ but it certainly passes my patented Movie Meter – if I’d got back and see it again tomorrow, it’s a winner.
And I would. Except maybe I’d take in more popcorn.