What I’ve Been Watching This Week.

Thought it would be good to document some of my smaller reviews into a nice lil’ post on here.

Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone

The Harry Potter franchise is probably my favourite large franchise. I think the quality is maintained throughout, I’m such a fan boy.

First up is where it all began. The first year of Harry Potter adapted to the big screen brings magic, fantasy and some really bad special effects nearly 2 decades later.

That doesn’t take anything away from this close adaptation of the book. Anyone who’s read the novels will appreciate the detail Rowling wrote to build this wonderful world but the film does it credit.

Following Harry’s curiosity into why he’s so famous as a wizard but so insignificant as a muggle sees him learn he’s brave, smart and makes good friends.

He’s also a pretty good wizard. Showing the audience such a small glimpse of Hogwarts and the magical world.

The reveal of Hogwarts has been voted the best shot in the whole franchise as it just fills you with joy, wonder and amazement.

The characters of Harry, Ron and Hermione are all so relatable even at their young age. They feel like real people and are captivating to get to know.

Support from Alan Rickman as Snape and Robbie Coltrain as Hagrid add to the excellent cast.

The special effects haven’t held up to a point it’s hilarious and the acting is what you’d expect from a group of 11 year olds. All in all it’s fantastic then and almost better now.

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets

We all love a good murder mystery and for me, this makes this film one of the best in the franchise.

That is highly controversial within the film and Harry Potter community as it’s considered one of the worst.

Year 2 of Harry’s time at Hogwarts, learning how to be a wizard within a magical universe, throws him into danger.

Students aren’t being quite killed but petrified (turned to stone). Throughout it all Harry is in the wrong place at the wrong time to become suspect number 1 for the happenings.

After defeating Quirrel in the first film Harry is no stranger to bravery and breaking the rules. For this though his reasons are more genuine than trying to take his potions teacher down.

We are introduced to Dobby very early on and meet Malfoys despicable father to extended the world and characters. Harry’s time at Ron’s family’s house also keeps the magic alive that the first film did such a good job building.

I loved the way it plays out, how it brings in the history of Harry and Hogwarts to the audience and delivers a more mature performance from all the cast.

This is possibly the closest adaptation from the book as well, very little is missed which is also satisfying.

Project Power

If you could take a pill and gain a temporary super power, would you do it?

Project Power goes off this premise to bring us an action filled superhero style film.

Boasting Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as it’s leads with newcomer Dominique Fishback to support, the trio do a good job to bring us a very predictable plot.

Robin (Dominique) is caught up in an underground drug ring dealing the highly addictive Power drug.

Frank (Levitt) is a cop in New Orleans, dedicated for saving his city from the drug. He uses the drug to stop the drug in a truly Thanos style.

In the mix is Art (Foxx) who is in search of the supplier to end the whole thing. We later find his motivation is his daughter who was taken.

The three are mixed up and realise they have the similar intentions albeit Robins is more caught in the moment.

The action is good but is nothing new. In fact most of the film feels in that vein. I’ve seen all this before, in this order, in this style.

Put whatever plot and it’s just a run of the mill powers-action hero film. It doesn’t do anything to shine on it’s own.

That’s not to say it’s bad, there’s something good there. It’s like eating the same sandwich but this one is better than usual, but not the best ever.

Coco

A couple years ago Pixar’s Studios released a musical adventure back dropped to the Day of the Dead festival.

The result is a heart warming telling of family values and taking on your own dreams no matter the cost.

Miguel comes from a family of shoemakers, a family business founded after his great great grandmother was left alone by her husband who pursued music instead.

This makes even the thought of music a sin within the family, however Miguel has a talent, and a hero, singer Ernesto de la Cruz.

Following his dream to be a musician like his hero he ends up cursed to join the world of the dead as they visit during the Day of the Dead.

His journey with the dead show him many valuable lessons and he gets to meet his family and hero. There’s songs, fantasy and laughs as we are told a tale full of twists and turns.

This film feels honest and deals with death well. It doesn’t bring down the tone of the film at all but does show how important everyone is to someone.

Pixar are excellent story tellers bringing humour, maturity and values to each of their films. Their films are always at a high quality and Coco is no exception.