Date: July 28, 2009
[There will be “spoilers” here, so if you have not seen this movie, you may not want to read this post any further.]
This movie, is so “over the top”, saturated with homosexual stereotypes, that even GLAAD (http://www.glaad.org/ Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) was displeased with it…even though, at it’s base, it is an “in your face”, proverbial middle finger, to all homophobes.
In my opinion, this movie actually gains points for this, because it is becoming very disturbing, how the socially privileged, gay, lesbian and bisexual groups, are becoming more and more aggressive, in brow beating everyone else into speaking about them, “just so”…and only in the pre-approved manner, which they endorse.
They are not above being punned…and in my opinion, they get a well deserved healthy dose, of politically inconvenient truth, pushed back in their own faces, right along with the homophobics. Sure, homophobia is a core issue, but, so is homosexual minority hypocrisy (and eccentricity)…which makes this movie, all the more fun and enjoyable.
Now, if you have watched Borat (possibly, the funniest movie ever made), then you pretty much should know what to expect, out of Bruno…because, it is the same, general type of movie, made up of outrageous, improvised comedy, which puns individuals (generally, bigots) who are unwitting cast members, placed in hysterically funny situations…with comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen, right in the middle of it all.
Sadly, Bruno is not quite as good as Borat, but…it is still worthy of praise.
The first thing I noticed when walking into the large theater, is that it was empty, except for myself…a few young couples came in, several minutes later…but, it was clear, people were not flocking to the theater, to see this movie…
…which is not surprising, given the cancerous level of conservative bigotry, which strangles the life out of this area of the country…(and we sometimes miss out, on some of the more interesting, “liberal/art” type movies, with provocative story lines, because they never get played here).
It is actually more surprising, that this movie even got played here, at all.
As to the movie, itself…
…While this may be an expose, of homophobic USA…it is clearly only going to be watched, and appreciated, by the truly open minded…Homophobes are not going to support this movie.
However funny it may have gotten, there is no question, it was still shocking in the level of how graphic things got portrayed.
At one point, Bruno as on his knees, bent over and being…ummm…”pleasured”, by some contraption, made up of an exercise bicycle, with a long pole, and a big pointy thing, that worked like a dildo, on the end of it. One partner rode the bike, while the other…well, you know…
They did the “big black strip”, censor…like in Borat, during the naked fight…but, still…You just don’t expect to see that.
In another scene, Bruno’s original lover, is a very short, very young looking male…who is about the size of a twelve to fourteen year old boy…and he is spinning around, on Bruno’s erection…
The undertone theme of a “boy lover”, is beautiful, here…and a well deserved, well placed, social commentary.
As a BoyLover, who knows just how so much of the politically privileged, pervert class likes to verbally trash on people like myself, I very much enjoyed watching this part…and I genuinely laughed out loud (I think I was the only one, audibly laughing, during that movie).
It was not sexually titillating, or exciting, mind you…just deliciously, spot on, wonderful to see…the “ugly” truth…that no pious pervert dare speak of.
In another scene, Bruno creates a show demo, which gets screened in private for a selection of citizens, who will give their opinion on it…so that the network, will get an idea, of whether people would like it…
…and it was purposely horrible, and outrageous…and the looks on those people’s faces, was priceless…
At one point, there was a bare (and I think shaved, if I remember right), male groin, “dancing”, with his penis swinging around…this lasted for a while, sort of like a transitional scene…
Again, this was not anything, that I had any expectation of witnessing (certainly not on a movie screen, in these parts)…and it was not all that funny, in itself…but, the scene that it caused, was funny as hell.
In another part, it is suggested that Bruno make a “gay porno” movie, with a celebrity…
…So, he sets up an interview with former U.S. presidential candidate, Ron Paul…He gets Ron into a hotel room, and starts to strip…
That was hilarious.
Oh!…also priceless…in his mock, “show demo”, Bruno promised an exclusive interview with Harrison Ford…and as it turns out, all this constituted of, was Bruno approaching Harrison as he was leaving some place…and as Bruno approached with a microphone, and asked for a quick interview, Harrison says, “Get the fuck away from me!”, and briskly hurries off…(and I get the impression, this was entirely genuine).
In another scene, Bruno visits a medium, in order to conjure up, and perform a multitude, of homosexual fantasies…on the “spirit” of Fab…the deceased member, of Millie Vanillie…
This movie is just packed full, of outlandish, priceless, scenes…which any scorned pervert, will likely relish in the expose of…because, it is the “big, middle finger”, to so much of what is wrong, and hateful, about the U.S.A.
I think, that is why I liked it so much…
…It is so refreshing, to see someone with the guts, to get out there and tell it like it is.
It is also refreshing, not having to constantly see breasts, flopping all around, in the requisite sex scenes of movies (a regular, movie peeve of mine)…No, I didn’t really see anything that sexually excited me…but, after all these years, of having naked heterosexuals screwing, forced upon me, just because I thought the movie plot sounded interesting…it’s nice to see a mammoth reversal, in this otherwise disgustingly, out of proportion, representation of human sexuality, which movies force down our throats.
Oh, sure…Bruno visits a swingers party (in attempt to become heterosexual), but…the breasts, and hetero sex, are brief.
Anyway, if you are mature enough to handle a brutal pun, of human sexuality, and you want to see something really, really, really different…then I say, go see it, if you have not done so, already.
It is priceless, to see all the well deserved jabs!
I give this movie, four stars, out of five.
A brief clarification: I know there are some people out there, who would pounce on one of the above comments, and claim that I am embracing anal sex to be synonymous with BoyLove. That is not true, especially as relates to my own orientation (I am a pedosexual). While it is not for me to judge, what older, bigger and more compatible [with such behavior] people do amongst themselves, I am not implying that small boys being anally penetrated by an adult, is a form of BoyLove.
In a broader sense, twinks (the late teens, early twenties, gay males) are often marketed as “boylove”…For those people, or compatible age mates, I see nothing inherently bad, in allowing them to explore and realise their own sexuality, as they most see fit amongst themselves.
What I do find most interesting here, is the obvious implication, that a gay man likes and finds normal to his orientation, such very small and boyish features…It acknowledges, even if indirectly, sexual relations between the very small/young, and older homosexuals. Qualitatively, it is a man physically having sex with a boy [at least, a teenage boy]…even if the “boy”, is just a man who has not reached physical development which is typical for his age.
Date: July 28, 2009
First, let me say that I outright loved this movie, was engrossed from the moment it began until the end credits…and I will likely go see this in the theater again (which is very rare, for me).
Second, I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, so I am not biased by that standpoint…I merely went into the theater (from The Prisoner of Azkaban, onward), anticipating a good time, watching a fun story unfold…and I’ve never really been disappointed…In fact, the movies have made me contemplate reading the books.
Third, The Half Blood Prince, is a true flip flop in form for this series, in the sense that it introduces a lot to us, in a short period of time, while leaving a lot of unanswered questions. This movie, just did not flesh out certain, core things, nor give to everything a sense of proper gravity…In fact, it did this to such a degree, that the story progression feels jumbled…and doesn’t always feel right. In previous movies, you knew where the characters were going, and why, because it was well explained…Not so much so, in this movie, however.
[If you read from this point onward, then it is your own fault, for stumbling across unwanted spoilers!]
The movie, itself, is jam packed with action, interesting plot and comedy, which leave you no chance to get bored…though, you probably will feel lost, at some moments…and leave the theater thinking, “Yeah, that felt like a great movie, but…that was it?”…
The pace of this movie is so fast, that it does not feel like two and a half hours have passed, by the time the end credits roll…and this throws you off, because you are anticipating various things introduced into the story, to really be fleshed out…yet, they are not…
…and if you are like me, it might not be until you are well gone from the theater, that it dawns on you, just how sloppy the story telling was in this movie.
…and I feel like, things which are more trivial to the plot line, got way to much attention, in this movie, and burned up a lot of screen time…when it could have been better spent, on other things.
“Love” is a huge theme, in this movie…and a source for much comic…Even though it is fun to watch, and I was not displeased with it…I still would have chosen, to have at least a couple of other things, better presented in this movie, than to watch the silly, love drama unfold.
I cant help but presume, that certain things suffered, because the movie focused so much on that.
For one thing…
…”The Half Blood Prince”…
…It is the name of the movie…
…It is the name of the book, the movie was based on…
…and it is supposed to be some core element, to push the story forward…
…Yet, I am hard pressed to define, just “what” the relevance of “The Half Blood Prince”, even is…or why it matters.
[This next sentence, is factually wrong, and I will correct it later in this post.]
Harry goes to a forbidden section of Hogwarts library, and finds a book…
[The rest is accurate, or at least truthful opinion.]
We later learn, over a few quick and nonchalant scenes, that Harry has become “obsessed” with the book…and we get a quick glance inside it’s pages, showing us that it has instructions for something…presumably potions and/or spells…
Nowhere is it even suggested, that Harry is learning spells out of it…and nothing about these scenes, really impresses upon you, that this is a heavy part of the story…The acting surrounding it, just does not make you sense such.
Then, we find Harry giving up the book, so it can be hidden somewhere…where he’ll never find it…
At the end of the movie, I was left kind of dumbfounded, that Harry tried to use new spells against Snape…which Snape quickly repelled, and floored Harry with…
Snape then says, “You would dare use my own spells against me?…I am, the half blood prince!”…
The whole revelation, just feels like it comes out of nowhere…and you’re not even sure why you were supposed to care.
This movie was primarily about fleshing out Voldemort (telling his back story)…and it is very interesting…but, with this movie being titled, “The Half Blood Prince”, you really feel that it should have fleshed out Professor Snape, a lot more also.
Reviews from book readers, makes it plainly clear…that a lot of the books content was left out of the movie…and there were many thing omitted, that would have been good to include.
…After all these movies, where he really has been a more distant character, we finally get treated to some really interesting, and impressive, scenes involving his character. For once, we get to see him do something major, with his magical powers, in probably one of the most impressive scenes, in the entire series…but, a brief few scenes later, he is dead.
Very somber, yet…I have to agree with others…It did not feel like the movie, gave this event the grandeur that it should have gotten.
This is one point in the movie, where it seems the ball was dropped.
The relevance of where Harry and Dumbledore were going, or the mission they embarked upon, leading up to Dumbledore’s death, is not really even explained, at all.
Now, if they told me, that elements of “The Half Blood Prince”, are going to be better fleshed out, by further introducing them into the next two, “Deathly Hollows” movies…then, I suppose I can better accept all of this…but, it’s very clear…Like “Order of the Phoenix”, this movie does not stand on it’s own, as a coherent story.
Funny thing is…It is still a great movie, and I was just happy to be there, watching it…While it was unfolding, I noticed these things…but, they did not bother me.
Maybe it is because of the inherent, interconnection of all the movies to each other, which leaves me understanding…that’s just the way these movies flow, and “The Half Blood Prince”, really does deserve it’s accolades as a great movie…and perhaps, the best of the series, so far.
A Second Viewing…
I saw this movie again, as I intended to, a week after I first viewed it…
It was playing on the huge screen, at my local theater, so I figured I’d better see it “now”, while I still can get to see it on the huge screen.
I originally chose to see it at an alternative theater, because it was opening weekend…and I did not want to have to get there hours early, just to get a decent seat…nor to be packed in a huge room with other people, like a can of sardines…nor to tolerate all the inconsiderate idiots, who wont shut up, or stop receiving/sending text messages for the third/fourth time…So, I went somewhere, where more competition existed, the screens/presentation wasn’t so spectacular…and the crowd would be much more dispersed…It worked out well, and I loved the experience.
I still wanted to see it on a massive sized screen, and by this time, the rage was over…and again…perfect seating available…only a handful of other people in the theater…wonderful!
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie a second time over, though, my enjoyment was more rich in understanding of the plot…and not just, “Wow!…That effect was neat!”…Hence, I didn’t walk out of the theater, psyched by the adrenalin, thanks to all the action scenes…like I did, the first time.
I noticed some plot elements, that I got wrong…most glaringly, Harry did not get the book mentioned above, from a trip to the restricted section of the library [that was something else, related to the book]…but, instead he gets it, after loosing a bid to grab a nice, new textbook, out of a cabinet…instead, being left with an old, half fallen apart book, while Ron makes off with the nice book…However, Harry’s book proves invaluable, as it lets him exceed in his study of potions.
Scribed in the front pages is, “This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince”…
Again, there were a lot of things thrown at the audience in this movie…and one might not catch it all, through one viewing…especially if one is not familiar with the books, that this movie series is based upon.
Over all, I found the second viewing more satisfying…because, the things I did not catch in the first viewing, were more obvious to me this time.
I really do not have much else to say…other than, I very much enjoyed this installment in the series…and I am looking forward to the remaining installments.