Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

Finally, after all these years we have more to the Harry Potter series. As a huge Harry Potter Fan, I, of course, had to hightail it for the midnight launch of "The Cursed Child". This, the official eighth story of the series although not a novelisation of the play (which I believe would have been better received by myself) was released at a midnight on the 31st of July. 

The play is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, yet as you read the script I can't feel the magic of J.K Rowling's writing. You need to be prepared while reading this to be the stage director. I'm used to reading scripts from my days of drama school and from secondary school so I was prepared and I knew what I was getting myself into buying the book, but that doesn't mean I can't be disappointed. Also of note is the fact this is the special rehearsal edition, which means that changes were made after. The current plan is to release the complete edition next year! "Ching Ching" is what comes to mind. I'm just glad that our local bookshop was selling this for half price on the launch night!

The story picks up where Deathly Hallows leaves off and we see Harry Potter married and dropping his kids off at Platform nine and three quarters. So we are 19 years on in their lives and they are all grown up, working hard, bringing up their families. Harry now works at the Ministry of Magic along with Hermione. The story focuses on the relationship between Harry and his son Albus. Albus is like Harry in many ways except for the sorting hat didn't put Albus in Gryffindor. During the course of the script, you will see the tumultuous relationship between father and son and the effect that has. The book is more focused on the children's adventure and this felt a little flat, a bit like when Disney does cheap sequels to our beloved classics.

There are moments of light where you can sense the magic that made the original books so special, but these moments are too few and far between. Chances are though that if you are a huge Harry Potter fan you may, like me, very well want this in your collection.

It was great to see another story but in ways, I could have done without and I have read better scripts over the years. As with all scripts it needs to be seen, but reading it didn't make me long to go buy tickets to a 2 part play that is 5 hours long.

I knew what I was getting into when I purchased "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" but I'm left feeling underwhelmed. I only wish that I had a Time-Turner to go back to before the launch of this book.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Netflix: Stranger Things Review

On the 15th of July, we saw the release of Stranger Things. It's a mystery, sci-fi series consisting of 8 episodes. Over a course of two nights, myself and Kevin flew through all the episodes with the popcorn at the ready each night.

If you love the 80's pop culture you are going to love this too. I'm a huge fan of 80's films so knowing that Stranger Things was paying homage to that era and the works of Stevan Spielberg, Stephan King, and George Lucas I knew I was in for a treat.

The mixture of suspense and mystery was spot on leaving me wanting to know more and which way things would turn.

The storyline focuses on the relationship of four young boys, who are very reminiscent of The Goonies (1986), their families and community. When one of the boys mysteriously disappears the boys find "Stranger Things" begin to happen in their lives. These terrifying events start to spread around to the entirety of the small town where the show is set, and it becomes apparent that there is seemingly only one outsider with the power to help.

The sets, clothing and overall feel of this series transports you straight back to the 80's and deserves massive applause! The casting was spot on from the kids to David Harbour as the town's police chief. It took me awhile to warm to Winona Ryder playing the missing boys mother but that could me still seeing her as Lydia in Beetlejuice (1988). 

So if you are looking for something to watch I would highly recommend this along with a pillow to hide behind for the jumpy and intense moments.

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box).  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........

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