A few days ago, Warner Bros. released another full trailer (so did everyone else it seems) for the upcoming-but-delayed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This, along with the international trailer released at the end of October are rubbing salt in the wounds of those who couldn’t wait to see the film in theaters this Friday and now have to wait till next summer.
The first full trailer and last month’s both looked very good to me – good enough to almost make me (who’s not a fan) go see it in theaters. I loved the style and tone as well as the more adult-natured themes that we were being presented with.
This newest trailer however, brings me back to reality. Although the visuals are spectacular (something that’s been improving with each successive installment), the trailer shows off weak attempts at humor. Is it the acting or the dialogue that causes this? None of the supposed comedic parts come off as funny to me. About 90% of the trailer is showing off special effects which look great but seem to be the main focus (understandable for a trailer, I suppose).
Here’s the trailer so you can see for yourselves:
For fans of the Harry Potter franchise, maybe there’s nothing wrong with the trailer and you’re completely excited. This is totally understandable. However, to me, it’s not that great and it is no surprise that there’s quite a bit of mixed feedback coming from the test-screenings of the film. I also hear there are quite a lot of omissions and deviations from the novel in regards to characters not being included and the final act being entirely different. However, the prints shown were rough and included and unfinished post-production work so the final product could be very different.
I think the movie will turn out to be very good for fans and movie-goers alike. When the time comes, I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait for those who are dying to see it.
What do you think of the trailer?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters July 17, 2009.