So, I went to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets last night. Even before the movie started, the night was eventful– the line to enter the theatre was wrapped around the outside and into the parking lot. So, there’s over a hundred people standing in line outside waiting to get in and some people from the show that just ended go to leave. Cars are parked all along the side of the road that leads into the parking lot and they decide to pull out of the parallel parked spot and try to back up all the way out of the lot. Unfortunately, the driver swings too far as she starts to back up and ends up hitting the minivan parked in front of her. She only knocks the side of the car, but ends up having the bumber to her little Civic just ripped off completely. It was so very sad and everyone in line saw it. There was a collective “Oh, damn!” when it happened. There was no damage to the other parked car, but damn, they don’t make Civics like they used to. Of course, they never made Civics like they used to.
Another pre-movie adventure: we tried to use the bathroom before the movie started, but the usher at the front said that they were going open the doors in like 2 minutes. But we really had to go! The guy almost gave in, but then the San Jose police officer sitting in the lobby jumped in and put the smack down on our little bathroom trip. Unbelievable! Two minutes my ass. We didn’t go in until at least 15-20 minutes later and then when we got into the theater, the po-po was watching over us as we all took our seats. Like the San Jose police doesn’t have anything better to do than make sure kids don’t sneak into Harry Potter? It’s Harry Potter for chrissake, not 8 mile. Which was a great movie, btw, and I don’t recall there being any problems with that movie. Bunch of minorities get together to watch a movie and people get all bent out of shape.
In any case, so the movie was a little on the long side (personally, I think they should have made it into a mini-series), but the book does cover an entire year at school. And they stuck pretty close to the book, which I always appreciate (especially after the way they fucked up Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned). I think it was better done than the first– they are finally getting the hang of it when trying to recreate this wizard world.
But, I must say that it was kind of dark at times. I mean, at the end of the day, the Harry Potter series is about a little boy who survived the brutal murder of his parents by an evil wizard and the evil wizard’s quest to finish the job. I love the books– they’re magical!– and I think that the topics they touch on are important ones that mirror issues in our real world and the books are a great way to teach kids about those issues. The whole Muggle-born versus pureblood issue. Ron’s issues with being poor. The house elves’ slavery. But the imagery you come up with in your head as you read the books and the visuals plastered on a huge movie screen are two different things and I could easily see how some of the scenes in the movie would be scary. I mean, come on, Tom Riddle? He’s creepy.
All in all, I enjoyed the movie and can’t wait to see the next one. Although, I’d much rather finally get to read the next book in the series. Come on, JK Rowling, get on that!