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Watson is pretty awesome, one of my favorite actresses even before I saw this series (I especially love her role in Bling Ring). She's probably a nutcase IRL, I don't know as I don't pay any attention to things like these. But she's really good in the Potter movies and outshines her co-childstars in earlier ones especially.Perhaps I got off on the wrong foot with regards to Emma Watson. I hadn't seen her in any films, didn't really know anything about her, but then a girl I was dating (a Swede of course) kept going on about a feminist Thunberg-like speech Watson did at the UN assembly a few years back. Seriously, she thought watching it would win me over. ? But now I hear Watson is really good in Greta Gerwig's new Little Women film.
Btw, it happens sometimes that an actor who was famous for some teen stuff emerges as a "serious" actor and people talk about them as if I should've known them already, e.g. Robert Pattinson from High Life and Good Time was supposedly in Harry Potter and Twillight.
The problem of the prequels is not even the theme, I mean, Star Wars have been always charged with some naive political theme, the problem is almost basic editing, the movies lack rythim and coeherence to sustain Lucas vision (at least he has some, unlike Abrams). The originals used well the rythim of old sic-fic series, the cut in and all, it walked side by side with the history of a bunch of rebels against a huge empire (which you never see for real), it was like, the "evil" of the empire depleted the galaxy borders. With the high collored, pretty CGI world of the prequels, the same fast editing is a fail, it gave to the movies the videogame air (of course, the original movies gave the videogames some notion of narrative in first plac,e so it is pretty much the snake bitting its own tail). It does not help that, despite Star Wars had little need of great actors (only charismatic actors for stock characters such as Ford or Fisher), Mark Hamill was not very bad and the prequels just fail reggarding his protagonist. Lucas had to show the republic and the empire, so it is more a world building tolkienist trip by the galaxy rather than a story.Regarding Bill's and Watson, some of these XT inside baseball things go over my head.
I don't mind the Star Wars prequals tbh, even though they're terrible in many ways. The ambitious stab at Great Power Politics, and so on, comical, but I like it a little bit. The Abrams ones, well, entertaining enough, though they didn't need be over 2 hrs each, Marvel style. In fact a lot of the humour and character has been somewhat Marvelised. I actually enjoyed the "controversial" Rian Johnson one more this time and it was interesting to see how systematically Abrams & co. "dismantled" everything he tried to build. One criticism I didn't get was that the fanboys were so angry that Johnson had turned Luke into an old crank, like a revisionist cowboy. I mean, let it go! But no one let anything go that's the problem. "Kill" Chewbacca, revive him 7 minutes later, then 3PO, and so on. I do love Star Wars (1977) and Empire is great entertainment, perfectly calibrated and so on, though much less charming and mysterious than SW. Return of the Jedi - I like the Jabba stuff, everything on Endor is terrible, not just the Ewoks (I guess that's not an unconventional opinion).
Yeah, I even think the first movie was well done, because in the end the whole pseudo-Nietzchism of Thanos was balanced by the more simple story which was his relation with Gamorra. The second movie, I left the theatre feeling dragged down by a festival of imbecilities mixed with Comic Books posters. Honestly, the best super-heroe movie of the year was Shazam, a comic movie with a youth target audience fully aware of its strengths and thematics, with a lot of more understanding of what the character was meant to be or super-heroes in general. Superheroes TV series are superior, specially those away from Disney: Legion is a masterwork, Doom Patrol is a great metafiction non-sense, Watchmen failed in many ways to outlive the comic book, but has great momments and even the teen Cloack & Dagger ended dealing with more actual real themes than all the movies (and the movies take the fame for their often swallow take on modern day conflicts) and Jessica Jones/Daredevil did great for the action defined series. Of course, only Doom Patrol survives (Watchmen may be renewed since it was a good hit, but if so, will be an anthology series) because They (Disney) do not take the rist, either with themes, language or anything.I watched precisely the Marvel films JCam recommended, remember. Guardian 1 and 2 + Ragnarok and Black Panther. And I had seen Infinity (and Iron Man in 2008). Ragnarok is great fun (I still can't believe how bad Jojo Rabbit is), Black Panther more interesting than the others, I guess because it's grounded in reality, a director who comitted to a vision, a form of tribalism that is allowable, namely Black Nationalism (reformist and revolutionary, respectively). So that's different from, say, the gigantic Thanos films which are about nothing. I was reminded of Wagner's antisemitic writings (that are mandatory in the preface for any book/article on him) about Jewish composers like Meyerbeer and Mendelsohn. He claims their fatal flaw as artists, despite their talents, was that they were in no position to commit to anything, since they weren't "Germans" (in that atavistic Fichtean or Wagnerian sense), nor was a "Jewish" expression something they strove for, more like the opposite. Anyway, I wasn't blown away or hooked in the end.
Muggle Net lolI used to be so obsessed with HP. Visited Muggle Net every day.
Though I haven't seen all the movies. Just reread the books countless times. Azkaban and Goblet of fire are my faves. Snape is my fave character.