Film is a business, there is no denying that. Film companies are in the business of making money before innovation. If there is a formula that makes money then by god they will milk that cash cow until it is nothing but bare bones.
The Fantasy film is an example of this mindset; rather it is a specific type of the fantasy film that they cling to. You as those who keep their ears to the ground about new releases have noticed the trend
‘Harry Potter’-maina sparked of a load of other fantasy book adaptations to see if other studios could have the same money spinner that Warner Bros had. ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ were all made to cash in on the success of JK Rowli
Again the same thing has driven studios to compete against the new franchise, ‘Twilight’ has just finished and people are already talking about what the next big thing is going to be. A few tasters have been thrown our way in the form of the ‘Hunger Games’ and this years ‘Beautiful Creatures’.
There are other supernatural romance films on the way with a real zom-rom-com ‘Warm Bodies’. It feels as though that even though ‘The Twilight Saga’ has conceded the effects that it has had on movies will stick around in a similar fashion to ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Benjamin Pinsent, Dept. Film Editor
Words by Naomi Jeffreys
Harry Potter, the boy who lived, if you have read the books or seen the films. You will know that this nine part series of films was phenomenally successful. Both for British Film, British actors, British directors – in short, they were films which triumphed in British film.
The third in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), the film was a box office success, earning $796,688,549 worldwide. This was a staggering achievement given the budget of $130 million.
‘ According to various sources, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban earned critical acclaim, garnering a 91% “Certified Fresh” approval rating at the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with a consensus stating,”In Cuaron’s hands, Azkaban has emotional depth to go along with the technical wizardry.” The film also received a score of 82 out of 100 at Metacritic, which signifies “universal acclaim.”‘
‘Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars: “Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it’s a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero.”‘
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Words by Naomi Jeffreys
We all love a bit of Harry Potter, it’s fantastical, magical and very successful.
Perhaps the funniest character was Ronald Weasley portrayed by Rupert Grint, he was a character who always got the best one liners and who would give the audience some comic relief in amongst the gathering dark around Harry Potter himself.
Check out these quotes below:
Ron: [sitting bolt upright in bed] Spiders… the spiders… they want me to tap-dance. And I don’t want to tap-dance!
Harry: You tell those spiders, Ron.
Ron: Yeah, tell them… I’ll tell them…
[falls straight back asleep]
Ron Weasley: [about Hermione’s copy of “The Tales Of Beedle The Bard”] Mum used to read those to me as a kid! “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “Babbity Rabbity And Her Cackling Stump”…
[Harry and Hermione both look lost]
Ron Weasley: Come on! Babitty Rabbity… No?