Remember that movie Julie & Julia, where Amy Adams blogged about going through the entire Julia Childs cookbook and reviewing all of the dishes she prepared? Well, this is gonna be kinda like Brandon & Harry, where I blog about going through the entire Harry Potter movie series and reviewing every single movie. Basically, my project is gonna be a lot less challenging… and a lot less delicious.
The history: First, some background on Harry and me. I’m a complete Harry Potter virgin. I’ve never read one single line of any of the books, and I’ve never watched more than the 3 seconds it takes to realize it’s Harry Potter before I turn the channel of any of the movies. I guess I’ve technically seen the movie trailers, but because I’m usually rolling my eyes during their entirety, it’s difficult to say how much I’ve actually “seen” of the trailers. Hard to watch something with both eyeballs at a 90 degree angle.
Why didn’t I ever watch the movies in the first place? Uh, because I’m a grown man. I just didn’t get the appeal of a bunch of 2 ½ hour kids movies about wizards and witches. Plus, I had a couple of good friends who read all the books and they talked about how amazing they were 24/7. I mean, I adore Baby Kermit’s classic book “I Can Go Potty”, but if I went on and on about it all the time to my friends, they’d be so sick of it by the time that the movie version came out that none of them would see it. (Okay, but really, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see Baby Kermit instructing toddlers how to pee pee and poo poo properly… especially if it’s in 3D?) I’ve had all kinds of peer pressure over the years to watch them, but resisted year after year, movie after movie. But I’ve stayed strong… until now.
So why watch them now? I’m a pop culture nut. Movies, music, TV shows, sports… you name it, I know it. I’m one of those guys that you hate playing Scene It with because I’ve “scene” everything. Those questions that you hate where they ask you to put all the movies in chronological order by release date? Not a problem. I’m that guy. So being the movie fanatic and pop culture buff that I am, it feels really odd to be out of the loop on something so big and epic in scale. Love him or hate him, Harry Potter is a phenomenon, and it’s all anyone is going to be talking about this week. I want to experience the madness that is Pottermania first hand on Thursday night at midnight. But first, I have some catching up to do.
The project: From Sunday July 10th to Thursday at midnight, I will watch all 8 Harry Potter movies and review the movies I watched the previous night on this blog every day. I will write them from a completely neutral, untainted point of view. I haven’t been spoiled on a thing, and I’m going into this with no expectations, good or bad. 20 hours of Harry Potter in a span of about 100 hours. Take away time to eat, sleep and work 3 part time jobs, and I’ve probably only got about 15 minutes left to write my reviews, so I better stop wasting time. I watched the first movie last night. So let’s wave my critical wand and make a review appear.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Harry Potter Project: The Wrap Up
Posted by Brandon Rahbar