AND WE'RE BACK! SPOILER ALERT! Don't read this if you don't like being spoiled!! I do give movie details here.
I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night with my friend Mo (The Gamecock on AQ). She picked up the tickets on her way home from work and we met up at the theatre. It was very busy but they were very organized. You could feel the hum of excitement as it vibrated in the air. I am a Harry Potter geek and freely admit it. We got great seats and sat back to enjoy the ride.
There have been some negative comments about the movie (co-workers, on the radio, etc.) being too disjointed and a bit over the place. There were some crucial things left out, I agree. I would have LOVED to see the real way Harry and Ginny finally kissed (in front of everyone, after the Quidditch win), Fleur and her reaction to Mrs. Weasley after Bill's being attacked, Lupin and Tonk's hidden relationship, Snape yelling "DON'T CALL ME A COWARD!" and especially Dumbledore's funeral. Yes, there was a lot missing. At 652 pages, book # 6 was one of my least favorite of the series. Did you read how bad it was? When it was released, I called it "filler" or just set-up for book # 7. Six Hundred fifty two pages, and a 2 & 1/2 hour movie was not long enough; they still just ran out of time. (side note: I am glad they cut out most of the kids-making-out scenes. That bored me to tears in the book. I struggled to finish book 6).
That being said, this book being my least favorite, I really enjoyed the movie. There were so many funny moments which Daniel played so well (the comment to Dumbledore, when Dumbledore says something to the effect of "I know you're wondering why we're here," and Harry replied "Sir, after six years, I pretty much just go with it" (paraphrased) had me howling). Malfoy was still evil but oh-so torn. Good acting on his and Emma's parts. I love that they're "growing up." The special effects, especially in the cave with the horcrux and the basin of water, were great.
It won't win awards. It jumped all over the place, I agree. I was mentally dizzy and thankful I knew the plot before I went in, but I actually can't wait to see it again, at a more decent hour for someone my age. :)