Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Directed by David Yates and starring the all-too-familiar, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is exactly what a “Part 2” of a movie most of us have previously seen. It is half of a movie, the finale that both concludes the "Deathly Hallows" movie and the Harry Potter movie franchise. It is interesting to note that, while the theatrical release may have been split into two parts, both "Deathly Hallows" Part 1 and 2 share the same production budget. Or another way of saying it, the producers behind the "Deathly Hallows" paid for one movie and profited off of two movies! That being said the “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” should not be watched before watching Part 1. Sometimes, it is ok if you watch a sequel to a movie before watching the original, but in this case, you would be watching the last 50 percent of a movie without knowing why anything is happening or what is going on.
If you have seen Part 1, then you will thoroughly enjoy Part 2. The film attempts to tie up all of the loose ends of the Harry Potter series, and showcases the infinite struggle between Harry and Voldemort rather well. Although impressive, the sense of constant apocalypse recently thrust upon the Harry Potter universe almost makes me miss the simple innocence captured in the first films, back when Potter’s biggest problem was what the sorting hat would think about him, and grouchy Professor Snape. Alas, 10 years of Potter movies have passed and I do not think we have seen the last of J.K Rowling or the Harry Potter universe.
The Room (2003)
Commonly claimed as one of the worst movies ever made, The Room's wild popularity makes it a strange paradox. The Room was written, produced, directed, and starred by the same person--the infamous Tommy Wiseau. Taking on all of these roles is a recipe for disaster. This film is about the love triangle between a man (Tommy Wiseau), his future wife, and his best friend.
With production quality compared to being lower than a college student film's, The Room was produced from a budget of $6 million dollars. The blatant errors, plot holes and inconsistencies in the script are ubiquitous. Characterization of the roles in the film are so one-dimensional--the dialogue is wacky, over-the-top cheesy and repetitive. All acting seen is amateur-level and forced. The best actor in the movie actually left half-way through, and was unexplainably replaced by another completely different-looking man. The story goes on and on, revolving around itself in circles, with each scene being awkwardly choreographed and written without a specific purpose. So how is this terrible movie becoming one of the fastest rising cult classics among this generation, playing at local theaters every weekend in the whole nation?
Well, let's just say it's so bad--that it's good. Friends have a great time watching this wild movie over and over again, making fun of the hilarity that insures from all of the filmmaking faux pas. One must see The Room, and experience this story by an optimistic filmmaker that hoped to create a serious drama, but ended up with a comedy cult classic that continues to create laughter and conversation among friends.
Lanly Le | Film Production - Arizona State University. Editor Associate | Audio. Video. Editor
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