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Final Harry Potter Film Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 28/04/2011 @ 16:11
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Films seen so far this year: 142
Films seen in the last two weeks: 1900, The Spider's Strategem, How I Ended This Summer, TT3D: Closer to the Edge, Fast and Furious 5 (or whatever it's called), Pina, Adele Blanc-Sec (again), Thor (again), Attack the Block, Luna, Water for Elephants, The Veteran, I Saw The Devil

FILM OF THE WEEK: Thor
LAST WEEK'S FILM OF THE WEEK: Adele Blanc-Sec

RIP Sidney Lumet
Like film fans everywhere I was saddened by the death of director, producer and screenwriter Sidney Lumet a few weeks ago, even though it's fair to say that at the grand old age of 87, he had had a damn good innings. His debut feature (after cutting his teeth on episodic television for six years) was the wonderful 12 Angry Men (1957), which is one of my all-time favourite films. (My biggest regret from my university years is not auditioning for a part in a student production of 12 Angry Men when I had the chance, but I digress).

He worked with 12 Angry Men star Henry Fonda again on 1964's Fail Safe, one of the most chilling and depressing Cold War thrillers ever made (it ends with Fonda's President nuking New York, for God's sake). Other personal Lumet favourites include blistering television satire Network (“I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!”), which now looks like a documentary about today's TV executives rather than a satire; Dog Day Afternoon with Al Pacino (“Att-i-ca! Att-i-ca!”); a superb adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night (one of my favourite plays) and Serpico (also with Al Pacino), though I'm aware that there are several Lumet films I still need to see, such as Bye Bye Braverman and The Offence.

An interesting fact about Lumet – he made The Pawnbroker in 1964 (the same year as Fail Safe), which was the first US film to show a nude woman from the waist up and still be granted a Production Code seal, so essentially Lumet paved the way for onscreen nudity in serious drama. Cheers, Sidney. There was certainly plenty of nudity in Lumet's final film, the excellent Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, which he made in 2007 at the age of 83, proving he still had it in him. He will be sadly missed.

Trailerwatch: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
This week (today, even), saw the release of the full trailer (although, grumble grumble only 1 minute 53 rather than the usual 2 minutes 30 grumble grumble) for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the long-awaited conclusion to the Harry Potter saga. This one, the trailer promises, will indeed be in 3D – you may remember that Warner Brothers hastily dropped their 3D plans for Part 1 when it became clear the effects wouldn't be ready (or rather, wouldn't be good enough) in time for the set-in-stone release date. Personally, I still think they should drop their 3D plans for Part 2 as well, although part of me does want to see that shot of the snake jumping out at the audience in proper 3D, so I'm sort of torn.

What is there to really say about the Harry Potter movies (and trailers) that hasn't already been said at this point? The effects look good. Well, except for that bit where Harry jumps off the battlements and takes Voldemort with him – that looks well dodgy - but the rest of them look good. Ginny (Bonnie Wright) looks ... older. Ron looks like he's had a new haircut. Radcliffe looks like he might give this “acting” business a try for once. Emma Watson ... well, I won't hear a word said against Emma Watson. There are several promising-looking battles (Julie Walters vs Helena Bonham Carter, anyway). There's a good bit with a dragon. (Is that in the book? It's been so long since I read it that I can't remember and I'm pretty sure I'd have remembered a dragon). And Snape seems to have picked up some twirl-a-cape-and-disappear tricks from Dracula movies or something.

So, yes, it's the Harry Potter movie to end all Harry Potter movies, though it's hard to imagine Warner Brothers letting go of their enormous cash cow at this point, so what's the betting we see a Harry Potter reboot in, ooh, five year's time? Opens here 15th July, anyway. Enjoy, Potter-fans!

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
No blog last week, which means it's all change this week, with no less than seven new films making it into the top ten. They include Luc Besson's Adele Blanc-Sec (officially my second favourite film of the year after True Grit), Kenneth Branagh's hugely enjoyable comic-book adventure Thor, thrilling 3D motorbike racing documentary TT3D: Closer to the Edge, Moscow-set French Cold War drama Farewell, enjoyable US comedy Cedar Rapids (starring Ed Helms of The Hangover and The American Office fame), Korean revenge thriller I Saw The Devil and bizarre Russian existentialist thriller How I Ended This Summer. So lots of decent films to choose from this weekend, should you be planning a spot of Royal Wedding avoidance. I'll also put in a good word for British thriller The Veteran, which is the sort of film you'll need to have watched when star Toby Kebbell becomes The Next Big Thing.

Interview-wise, we have press conference interviews with director Kenneth Branagh and the stars of Thor (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston) and you can still read both our exclusive interview with Source Code director Duncan Jones and our exclusive interviews with Adele Blanc-Sec director Luc Besson and Adele Blanc-Sec star Louise Bourgoin. Elsewhere, you can still read our round table interview with Little White Lies Guillaume Canet (I wish I'd known he was in Farewell when we did this interview, but never mind), our exclusive interview with the lovely Rachel Hurd-Wood (star of Tomorrow, When The War Began) and our exclusive interviews with the cast of Chalet Girl (Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick and Tamsin Egerton).

1. Adele Blanc-Sec
2. Cold Weather
3. Meek's Cutoff
4. Thor
5. Source Code
6. TT3D: Closer to the Edge
7. Farewell
8. Cedar Rapids
9. I Saw The Devil
10. How I Ended This Summer

DVD of the Week: Family Jewels (out now, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is deserves-better-than-direct-to-DVD
black comedy Family Jewels, formerly known as Barry Munday. Patrick Wilson stars as a libido-driven wage slave who is forced to re-evaluate his life after the double-whammy of losing his testicles (in a freak attack by an outraged father wielding a trumpet) and discovering he's impregnated frumpy, bespectacled Ginger Farley (Judy
Greer) after a one-night-stand he can't remember.

Patrick Wilson is brilliant as Barry, delivering a warm-hearted, vanity-free performance that ensures the character remains likeable even when he's being an idiot. Judy Greer is equally good as Ginger and the film also boasts a terrific supporting cast that includes Chloe Sevigny (as Ginger's seemingly perfect sister Jennifer), Jean Smart (as Barry's mother), Billy Dee Williams (driving a DeLorean!) as Barry's boss Lonnie and Cybill Shepherd and Malcolm McDowell as Ginger's parents.

The script is packed with great lines and there are several hilarious scenes, while D'Arienzo's skilful direction gets the tone exactly right, expertly blending pitch black comedy with bittersweet moments that reveal a surprisingly warm heart. In short, this is a hugely enjoyable black comedy with terrific performances from a wonderful comic cast.
It's also better than almost every mainstream US comedy I've seen theatrically this year, so it's a crying shame that it's gone straight to DVD. Only the trailer on the extras, sadly, but this is still highly recommended and well worth checking out.

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