Classical Showcase airs this evening at 7 pm on Classical 101 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel. This program, recorded in Walt Disney Concert Hall features two works by Mozart with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in between.
Film Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
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Rico: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a much-anticipated motion picture event. The audience’s tension was palpable.
Joyce: Weâ€™ve all looked forward to the very complex finale of this amazing series. It was a very long book and I think, deserved two films.
Rico: However, the film is dark, cold, very slow, and very long.
It was so much fun to watch the kids grow and mature over a decade, but now they have so much to wrestle with, it has become a downer. I bought into the franchise early, and read the books to keep up with my grandsons, but I was quite disappointed in this film. I thought a much shorter â€œwrap upâ€ would have been the appropriate way to go.
Joyce: Unfortunately, Rico, that opinion comes from the fact that you didnâ€™t read the last book as I did.
Rico: I can only give itÂ two stars
Joyce: I have to say even though it is a long film–too long at 2 hrs. 27 min., I enjoyed it very much, actually even better than the book. I enjoyed seeing the maturity of these three characters and their acting ability. Daniel Radcliffe, for one, is showing a more nuanced performance. Though it might seem slow to some, it had a lot of territory to cover to stay faithful to the book. I certainly wasnâ€™t bored. 3 1/2 stars