I think with the Harry Potter movies, it all comes down to the director. The first two movies, which Columbus directed, were OK. The third film was AMAZING because of the director. And the fourth was great, but it still didn't seem quite as good as the 3rd.
Another problem with the fourth movie, for me, was the fact that it was so smooshed together. Being a HP addict, I would rather have the movie be an extra hour long rather than have it be so racily fast paced. I understand that they wouldn't do that though, considering that would make it what.. 4 hours long?
I really don't have that much to complain about. It was SUPER good anyway.
So, why was everyone completely floored by this musical? I've never seen it on stage, but this movie was horrible. The movie itself was well-made.. but the musical? Does everyone just think they have to love it because it deals with the issue of AIDS and gay acceptance? I understood the message that was being shoved down my throat, but I'm confused by everything else.
Like the music, for example. Catchy? Sure, 'Seasons of Love' is stuck in my head after being sung in the movie an obscene amount of times, but as it went on I was actually laughing at its ridiculousness. Will you light my candle for the billionth time? Or how about the unnessecary subway song about Santa Fe..? And the protest, don't even get me started. I don't even know what was going on. Was I supposed to believe that all those people were entertained by Maureen's awkward "protest"? The fake enthusiasm was hard to take. It's unfortunate that such good actors and actresses agreed to this film, because though they may have played the parts to the best of their ability, it looked ridiculous. And that can be blamed on the musical itself.
Really, what was so moving about this musical? Am I really supposed to root for a group of friends who are too lazy to get jobs, then complain that they actually have to pay rent? I know it must be extremely difficult to live a life when you have AIDS, but I don't really want to hear you complain if you haven't even attempted to contribute to society. The fact that Taye Diggs character (I've forgotten his name.. oh wait, was it Benny?) was essentially looked down upon by the musical itself was rather offensive, really. Just because he's doing something with his life means he's a terrible person? Maybe I missed something there, but that's what it looked like to me.
I have nothing against people with AIDS or homosexuals, but this musical was absolutely horrible from beginning to end. I'm appauled it was praised as much as it was.