Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gandalf ?

No, not a picture of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings but Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In the heat of battle: Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and Harry have gone on a perilous journey into a cave filled with dark magic and are attacked by Inferi, reanimated and haunted dead people. Dumbledore creates a firestorm to fend off the dangerous spooky creatures. "It's almost a biblical image," says Yates. "He's a bit like Charlton Heston when he parts the Red Sea."

9 comments:

Michael G Clark said...

I hadn't even seen a harry potter film until last year, let alone read any of the books.

Can't wait for this film now. Very well realised movies, nice production design and some acting too.

Jo Bling said...

Ahhh, Pooey Potter. It'll be lame just like the others....

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I've only seen the 2nd film fully and from what I've seen of the other films I don't think I'm missing much !! Still they keep lots of British actors in work ! :)

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Haven't minded the films so far, but I suspect it helps if you're a fan of the books. Which I'm not.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Well, I say I'm not a fan, what I mean to say is I ain't read them. I'm sure they're fabulous. But I fear I lack the relevant qualifications to regard myself as a fan.

I suspect when my son's old enough they'll be read to him at bed time.

And yeah, not just British actors but British effects houses too.

Also, I really like 'Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear'... written by Chris Columbus who directed the first Potter movie I believe.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Oh yeah I really liked Young Sherlock !! Yeah you're right about the FX houses too, and I suppose just general film crews here in the UK, glad to see that Harry Potter stayed British, though the earlier films used places like Alnwick Castle,Durham Cathedral,Goathland Station and Pickering Station here in the North East the later ones have not.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Philosopher's stone certainly has a similar 'boarding school adventure' feel to it as Holmes and I think that's what I liked about that one.

As for kids and acting, I'm a 'Devil's Backbone' fan (much prefer that movie to 'Pan's Labyrinth') and that sort of sets a high benchmark.

Dylan said...

Quite like the one directed by alfonso cuaron (Prisoner of azakhaban). Had a nice grungy feel to it. The plot was a bit meh though. Seen the others except the most recent one which I couldn't be bothered with. Thet're all pretty forgettable though.

Steve said...

Really looking forward to this. I read all 7 novels through last month and am really excited by by seeing the Half Blood Prince realized on the big screen. I think it will be a cracker.