I don’t care: Harry PotterPosted: July 14, 2009
Today’s paper and electronic news media focus on non news has been all about Harry Potter. Special newspaper sections and breathless teasers on the news telling me that they’ll get me ready for the new Harry Potter film.
I don’t care.
Now, I recognize that for whatever reason, the Potter books have gotten a lot of children to read. A child reading almost any book is a very good thing.
The frenzy surrounding the movies and anything having to do with them, I just don’t get.
Midnight showings? What’s the point? Maybe I’m
missing something. There probably is a totally different ending that is only shown the first time the film is run. I bet sitting in a theater with a boat load of 9 year olds, up way past their bed times and loaded up with Sno-Caps and Mountain Dew makes any film better.
I don’t think I’ll go find out in person though.
Then there is the blind allegiance to the brand. I looked at Yahoo to confirm a thought I had and noticed that there were, at the moment I looked, 3 hours before even the first midnight show could be held, 592 Yahoo user ratings of the film. The average rating of the film by those people, who couldn’t possibly have seen the movie yet? An A.
How can you rate something that you have absolutely no sensory contact with whatsoever? Actually, why would you bother to rate something you don’t know about?
Maybe there is something to the idea though. Perhaps I’ll start a magazine concerning popular music in Uzbekistan. I don’t speak Uzbek, I don’t have any CD’s but if you show me an album title, I will rate it.
The media offers to help me “get ready”. Is there that much preparation needed for this movie?
Perhaps it is a Rocky Horror Picture Show kind of a thing. Harry Potter’s girlfriend, replaced by Damn it Janet. Toast flying at the screen. Water guns.
Maybe I’m not thinking this through. I find that, as I get older, it becomes more and more important for me to stretch before any activity. Maybe that’s what they mean about getting ready. A few calisthenics, some slow stretches. Maybe a massage.
A little side trip here. Why are the characters in every movie where there are wizards or dragons or that sort of thing always British? If Great Britain is the center of that sort of thing, more power to them. I’m not jealous by any means. Still, wouldn’t it be funny to see one of these movies with German accents, or an accent from the southern US?
It could be that I am just taking this too seriously. There are other things going on in the news. That Jon guy has a girlfriend now. Jessica Simpson allegedly has no boyfriend. Michael Jackson is still dead,(as is Generalissimo Francisco Franco).
There’s also some lady who wants to be one of the Supremes. Some old guys are talking to her about it.
For those of you interested in the music scene in Uzbekistan, here is a music video. I’m not going to rate it, because I watched it. It appears to be some sort of a mix of the theme of Van Halen’s Hot for Teacher and a Disney High School Musical movie. Enjoy.
Jamming Uzbek style. That’s how I roll.