I’m ranting again…
We all know I’m not exactly a Harry Potter fan. My issues with the books aside, the first couple of movies were OK and as long running kids film franchises go it’s not a bad one.
I do have two problems with the upcoming release of Deathly Hallows though:
- It’s been split into two movies. The official party line is that there’s too much going on in the book (which I haven’t read so I can’t really judge) to fit into one movie. Cutting it in half was out of respect to the plot and in no way had anything to do with the fact that this will obviously top the box office instantly and having two movies means double the profits. Never. The Potter fans amongst you will have to let me know if this annoys you, but I know that a while back when a gaggle of movies started being released in two halves (Matrix Reloaded/Revs, Pirates 2 and 3) it was a complete pain.
- It’s being released in 3D. Puh-lease! We’ve managed to get through six movies so far without wands poking out of the screen at us and I’m pretty sure no one has cared. Talk about jumping on the band wagon. Making the final installment in 3D (although I doubt it’s being filmed in 3D, it’ll be a hasty Clash of the Titans-style tack on) just cheapens the whole series. I swear if they made LOTR now some idiot would try to release it in 3D.
You’re probably thinking I should get with the times. 3D is apparently here to stay and I should embrace it. I’m the digital age equivalent of those old guys in high-waisted trousers who still listen to the wireless because that was quality entertainment. I know this. But I still can’t see any benefits of 3D other than the gimmick. And the fact that you can now get 3D TV and 3D channels just worries me.
I suppose it makes sense that the kids who’ve grown up with the Harry Potter movies should see the technology evolve as the movies go on. But that final hack-sawed in half 3D double feature just smacks of an industry which knows it’s about to lose one of its biggest money makers of the last decade and is determined to squeeze every last penny out of it while it can.