View of Majestic City from Unity Plaza
If Sri Lanka had a revolution, it’s tagline would be Liberty, Unity, Majestic. That’s a joke. Those are all names of shopping malls. Majestic City was showing Harry Potter and a friend had tickets. The movie is OK, but the theatre is horrid.
Majestic City is run like a government office. They only sell tickets there from 2-5. Movies, inexplicably, run late. Whether you have tickets, booked online, or are buying tickets, they make everyone wait in a hot, sweaty hall until five minutes before showtime. We booked one ticket online at tickets.lk, a good service BTW. Their ads show online bookers jumping the movie queue, but it’s gotten so popular that the online queue is longer than the one to buy tickets.
Of course, they didn’t even start selling tickets till after the scheduled showtime, and only after my friend went and asked if they were crazy. Quite badly run. It’s not a good theatre either, silent moments in the film are marred by the audible whirring of the projector. They’re all owned by the same people, but I prefer Liberty Lite, or piracy.
Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows
OK, on to the movie. I’m not really a Harry Potter fan. I haven’t seen any of the other movies or read the books. Harry seems like a nice enough guy. Voldermort isn’t very scary, seems like a lot of posturing and messing up. The trouble with sequels is that relationships don’t develop, they’re just hinted at in knowing glances. This can be the cinematic equivalent of married sex.
There was also the requisite massive, charging battle scene, which was striking largely in terms of its irrelevance to the actual hide and seek motions of the plot. All in all I wasn’t that engaged by the story and don’t get what the fuss is about. That said, it’s certainly not bad and generally well done. I didn’t like Lord Of The Rings either and my idea of a cinematic opus is Anchorman, so take my opinion for what it is.