Just finished reading The Silmarillion again after many years.
Finally got around to seeing the new Harry Potter movie. Is it just me, or have these lost a little bit of their “wonder”? This was the first one were I did not read the book prior to seeing the movie. (Yes, I know, how could I NOT have read it yet, and why would I see the movie first – no excuse!) As I expected, without reading the book, the movie seemed like a disjointed series of clips, with weak ties between them. I felt like I was watching a slide show rather than a movie, such was the missing context.
I know it can be very hard to condense an entire book under hours, but instead of touching on all the sub-plots, wouldn’t it have been better just to drop some and expand others?