Harry Potter was, for the NOV 17 2001
Harry Potter was, for the most part, disappointing. I haven't read any of the books, but from what I've heard about them and the acclaim that they have received, it's clear that something got lost in the translation from print to film.
I blame the film's director, Chris Columbus...he just plain sucks. I really wanted to like this movie...I really did. I mean, a school of wizardry? That's so cool! But the presentation of it all was so flat, forced, and one-dimensional (and the CGI was horrible) that I found it all kinda boring. It was Goonies + Star Wars (replace the Quidditch match with a pod race and you've got yourself The Phantom Menace), dumbed down for the kids (who have repeatedly shown their media saavy and don't really need to be talked down to, something which Hollywood routinely ignores, but which, according to all reports, J.K. Rowling got right in her books). I want a do-over.
And Matt got it exactly right, Iron Chef USA sucked. Yesterday was a bad day all around.