Thursday, July 14, 2011
A Look at the Harry Potter Saga (2001-2010)
Well, the waiting is over. At midnight tonight, in theatres across America, the 8th and final installment in the Harry Potter film franchise, the most profitable franchise in history, will be released. Whether you’re a fan of the books, or you’ve only seen the movies, this will go down as one of the most highly anticipated films of all time. Early reviews of the film are overwhelmingly positive, with a Rotten Tomatoes score currently at 97%… it is the best reviewed film of the summer blockbuster season.
With all that in mind, today’s column is going to look back at the first seven Harry Potter movies and see how they fare against one another.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001)
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004)
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005)
HARRY POTTER AND ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007)
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009)
This movie is all about plot. Plot. Plot. Plot. It’s light on action and the film mostly serves as a vehicle to tell Voldemort’s backstory. Harry bonds with Dumbledore on these adventures and a trusted teacher apparently turns to the dark side. To reveal more about the story would venture into spoiler territory. David Yates took over the rest of the franchise starting with Order of the Phoenix. So far he has proven to the series’ most efficient director since Cuarón. He, along with screenwriter Steven Kloves, do a wonderful job of stripping the books down to the bare essentials to tell the most effective story they can. The film, by the way, looks gorgeous, and with good reason as Bruno Delbonnel was nominated for an Academy Award for Cinematography his camera work on this film. Again, not as action-heavy as the previous films, but it does give a great deal of back story to the series and helps shape it into an even grander epic saga.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (2010)
These films have become a part of the pop culture consciousness… and in a few short hours when the clock strikes midnight, the final film will be released, putting an end to an entire series, and, for many viewers out there, it signifies the end of their childhood. Fitting, considering it is also the end of Harry’s.