We are Wizards (2008)
Movie InfoAs the popularity of author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series expands to create a whole new breed of rabid fantasy fanatics, filmmaker Josh Koury explores the curious culture that has emerged around the most instantly recognizable young wizard in the history of youth fiction. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for We are Wizards
The documentary sweetly focuses our attention on the way human creativity transforms everything around it. Often in the nuttiest of ways, true. But still, it's a good thing.
As with most uncontrollable pop-cultural phenomena, the various groups and organizations that have popped up around the Harry Potter franchise are more fascinating than the bespectacled object of their slavish devotion.
[Director] Koury doesn't make any points in We Are Wizards, particularly, but he stylishly shares the love.
Mostly We Are Wizards is a loving, if flawed, tribute to creativity and artistic freedom.
A fun project that doesn't quite reach its potential, Josh Koury's doc is still worthwhile for anyone who can't wait until 2009 to see Harry Potter back on the big screen.
The filmmaker Josh Koury has latched onto a great subject for We Are Wizards, his peek at some of the more engaged fans circulating in the Harry Potter world.
Breakthrough film maker Josh Koury's latest documentary manages to go to the head of the parade of Potter fans, but the average viewer may not be sure why he went to the trouble.
Josh Koury's documentary about hardcore Harry Potter fans, meandering and amiable, reveals that resistance to consumer culture is pretty much futile.
Josh Koury's lighthearted documentary may only appeal to the faithful, but, apparently, the faithful comprises an enormous number of people.
Koury does a masterful job emphasizing literacy and purity of spirit in Wizards, assembling an often delightful documentary that celebrates the tight cultural grip of Potter and its fringe pastimes.
There's ultimately very little to take the movie beyond the realm of pleasantly diverting DVD bonus feature.
A better approach would have been one that focused less on a child's home movies and performances and more on why he's on stage singing about an imaginary wizard.
How the dynamic between inspiration and creation operates is a topic that We Are Wizards tantalizingly puts forward but fails to fully examine.
Koury goes back and forth among the threads, but he could have used a few more threads and his camera was not always on the most interesting material.
Audience Reviews for We are Wizards
It shows me a world I didn't know existed - a whole music scene dedicated to Harry Potter emo rock - but doesn't compare with any prior documentaries on fandoms, and is actually quite boring. I really haven't more to say than that; this isn't Trekkies and don't expect to learn much for those sociology/communications/media students out there who need to do a fandom paper and want some references.More
I got bored and tuned out more than once while watching this flick. There were a few really good parts that dealt with issues fans had with Warner Bros over fan sites but then rest of the movie dragged on and really didn't have a direction.
The music the bands played was not really all that good and only would appeal to those fans who have let the world of Harry Potter over shadow the real world they live in. Not something to be proud of.
Slow documentary that I can recommend to anyone to watch.
We Are Wizards is an entertainingly enough documentary, but the filmmaker never really seems to decide on one message he wants to say about Harry Potter fans.More
[28th Atlantic Film Festival]
Follows the story of Harry Potter die-hard bands. You get Harry and the Potters (band), fansite owners, and all sorts of hypothetically intriguing personalities. I have read the books, watched some of the movies, and generally enjoyed them, so you would think I would be entertained by a film of this nature. Hey, Trekkies worked, right?
Unfortunately, as a film, Wizards is a huge failure, and this simply has to lay completely at the feet of director Josh Koury. The good thing is it views its subject matter as people instead of freaks. The downside; this film has absolutely no pacing or continuity at all. It's essentially a sequence of disconnected, seemingly never ending events. They go back, and back, and back, to each person, with little of interest happening. Five times I thought the film was about to end, but then went on another half an hour. The actual ending was also dragged on forever.
This was 90 minutes that felt more like 4 hours. I went to this with someone who was an even bigger Potter fan than me, and they felt the same way. I could only recommend this to the absolutely truly hardcore Potter fan. Not worth seeing for the 10-20 minutes of intrigue.
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