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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Having spent the last week going through each Harry Potter film from beginning up until now, it got me reflecting on movies that people like to bash that I often feel as if I spend more time defending than I do enjoying. Movies like Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, who through the 'alright' direction of Chris Columbus have become the go to stomping stone for anyone in need of a quick slide at the Potter series. I for one enjoy the movies and think they capture the wonder and awe of the magical world J.K. Rowling created in their accompanying novels. Sure, they aren't exactly masterpieces in their own right, but they are what they needed to be. A draw, charming and enticing that lured in readers and set them up for the tale to come. The same could be said of the films.
I've always hated the notion of defending a movie, but I do understand its place. There is a line between disagreeing about someone with a movie and believing they're approaching it from the wrong direction. Perhaps it's because you feel their expectations are blinding them from the quality of the film, or that they are misinterpreting key aspects of the plot. So, it has on more than one occasion come to pass that I find myself 'defending' - in my own way - these early Potter journeys when people get riled up and hop on the bash machine (run ride if you've never been). Another such film in the series is Deathly Hallows Part 1. But these aren't the only ones.
At points in my life I took up the cause of the second and third Matrix films, the 2005 version of King Kong, and the pre-Drunken Angel works of Kurosawa (nothing but love). Other films have come and gone from this level of protection, depending on my passion for them vs my desire to get caught up unnecessary arguments.
So, I ask - what movies (whether you love them or just enjoy them) do you find yourself defending and why?