The metaphors some people think of are scary…

Gods, here’s an evocative image for you–from Manohla Dargis’ review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the New York Times (which review I do not agree with, by the way):

“… the sensational Alan Rickman, who invests his character, Prof. Severus Snape, with much-needed ambiguity, drawing each word out with exquisite luxury, bringing to mind a buzzard lazily pulling at entrails…”

Um…ewwwwwwww? But at the same time, thinking of some of Rickman’s juicier line deliveries, yeah, spot on.

I saw the movie Sunday night and I was utterly blown away. Best HP movie yet. IMHO.

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5 Responses to The metaphors some people think of are scary…

  1. paganpaul says:

    It is indeed quite a eeeewww… reading that. But as you said, in earlier HP-movies he is the same. And I think the words fit.

    Eeew… the mental pictures these can bring forth are… eeewww..

  2. didn’t read the review, yet. But I as much as I dislike Snape (which, of course, is the way it’s supposed to be!) I have to admire Rickman. I would think that being the ‘bad guy’ would be so much fun, a lot more fun than being the good guy specially in Rowling’s stuff. And this ‘evocative image’ is, indeed, spot on.

    I did enjoy the movie. BUT my impression was that they were trying so hard to put everything that was in the book on the screen and if one had not read the book (I had, of course) one would be left up that four letter creek without a paddle.

    I agree with a lot of other people, though, about giving Luna more screentime this time around. Her character is played exactly right.

    And I would have liked to see more of the Phoenix, after Dumbledore’s death. The writing around that scene, in the book, made me cry.

  3. sarajlarson says:

    Alan Rickman can pull at my entrails any time…

  4. Gwaetgar says:

    I like Snape! :-) Yep, I was always a Snape ‘shipper, go figure. But I nailed his whole motivation way before Book 7 revealed it all–I guessed it after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5. I identified with his history and his pain, if not the way he reacted to them as an adult. Rowling always showed us Snape through Harry’s point of view, and she was quite clever at the way she did that.

    I thought the movie of …Half-Blood Prince did a much better job than …Order of the Phoenix in condensing the story to essentials. The film versions have to leave things out, and by necessity plot elements have to be changed in order to condense the story and keep it logical. I would have zapped the entire Cho Chang subplot from …Order of the Phoenix–I never thought it made any sense in the books, and it didn’t advance the story arc in any way whatsoever. I’d love to have seen more of the anti-Harry conspiracy and the interview with The Quibbler, that’s one of my favorite parts of Book 5.

    I’m glad they didn’t milk Dumbledore’s death too much, the ending of …Goblet of Fire was heartwrenching enough.

  5. Gwaetgar says:

    Mine, too. *g*

    Somewhat famously, in 2004 (I found a link for it!) a “somewhat older” fervent Potter fan asked Rickman to marry him. “She must be desperate,” Rickman said self-deprecatingly. Ah, me, he obviously doesn’t read HP fanfic. Snape gets more (and more varied) action on fanfic.net than John Holmes did in his whole career! Like many British actors of his generation and earlier, Rickman is rumored to have had a problem with alcohol (is it the Shakespeare? sheesh), so I don’t know if I’d marry him. A scandalous affair would be fun, though! *wry grin*