Snap Judgement: Harry Potter, 500 Days of Summer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Ok, so does the fact that I actually want to go see this movie make me an uber nerd? At least I didn’t go to a midnight showing… Either way, you can’t escape the Harry Potter movie series, and everyone’s going to be talking about it for the next week. In the sixth installment of the franchise, the story of Harry and his adventures at Hogwarts takes a bit of a darker turn as the twisted past of the evil “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” is revealed. It’s no secret that Harry and the rest of the kids are all grown up, so expect some romance weaved into the plot. Ah, the days of teenage puppy love… SO glad that’s over. Helena Bonham Carter also returns as the villain and “Death Eater” Bellatrix, so that should be good. Even with all the hype, most major critics are giving this movie a good rating, so you might wanna think about losing your Harry Potter virginity on this one. You can always catch up by renting the rest of the series on DVD.
500 Days of Summer
I went to a screening for this before I knew anything about the movie and I can honestly say it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. 500 Days Of Summer stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (10 Things I Hate About You), who plays a hopeless romantic that falls in love with Summer, a girl who’s unwavering cynicism on true love proves to be a challenge. Although I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Zooey Deschanel’s (who plays Summer), she fit the role perfectly AND her style in this was amazing. You’re taken along on a series of emotional ups and downs that let you really feel for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character as he deals with something we’ve all been through: heartbreak. I ended up with little bit of a crush on him, myself. Too bad “500 Days of Seena” doesn’t sound as good…
Oh, Mischa Barton. Obviously trying to dig up her career from the grave. In this disaster of a movie, she plays an obsessive ex-girlfriend who tries to win her high school sweetheart back while trying to get rid of the new girl in his life. The new girl is played by Jessica Stroup, who you might recognize from the current “90210” series remake. Any serious acting (if there is any) will be lost amidst the atrocious plotline, cliché thriller scenes, and even worse, the one-liners. “I want you to start appreciating my hospitality.” SERIOUSLY? The trailer says it all. You’re better off staying at home and watching re-runs of “The O.C.” when Mischa was at her peak.