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  1. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    If something is bad in the book, then of course ideally it should be improved for the film. But more often than not, it is the other way around: It's good in the book and it is messed up in the film for inexplicable reasons. For equally inexplicable reasons, the third film doesn't make coherent sense even within itself. Based on what is said on screen, logic dictates that Hermione is a werewolf. But she's not. This is because of an extra line of dialog added to the film that wasn't in the book ("A werewolf only responds to the call of its own kind"). Why was this added? I'll never understand. It adds only confusion and doesn't serve to improve anything. And I'm left to wonder: What were they thinking?
  2. Exactly. But I have yet to find any actual music discussion on this forum about all the new music that is there. I meant "new uses of existing themes". Sorry if I wasn't clear.
  3. So is there somewhere an overview of how the "complete" music compares to the OST? And is there already discussion of the new thematic elements that have been discovered from all the new music?
  4. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    Ideally, yes. But I'd say a fair few changes in the Harry Potter films compared to the books hardly served their respective films either. It seems more like "changes for the sake of changes".
  5. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    Depends on the subject. If we're talking about stuff related to maths, physics, chemistry, etc. then indeed there is some sort of "actual truth" to be found. Films and music are an artistic medium, where "right or wrong" are far, FAR less clear.
  6. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    Unless the books are good enough to be close to being a workable script by themselves. Perhaps books written by someone who a few years later actually became a script writer? Seriously, with books like that, the scripts should very nearly write themselves. The only question is: what to leave out so the necessary story can still be fit within a movie of sensible length? For an example of this exact same thing happening exceptionally well, refer to the original Hornblower film with its script written by C.S. Forester. They sure knew what they were doing there!
  7. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    They're honestly not as good as they could and should have been. Whether approached from a "true to book" or "film theory" point of view, there are very definite flaws. Personally, I don't appreciate the "puffs of smoke doing battle", not just because it isn't in the books, bit because it's BORING. And that affects all films after the third, with it playing a distracting role after the actual climax of the final one. After all these years, I honestly still don't understand what the directors/script writers/producers were thinking when they made certain choices. "Uneven" is the most accurate description of the entire series. Only the first and fifth films seem like they mostly knew what they were trying to be. The other ones are severely out of whack in several spots (though I like #2 and even, to some extent, #6). If there were one series of films I'd like to use a time machine on to fix properly, it is the Harry Potter ones. They had the makings of greatness, and very nearly all the right people needed to make it happen, but it still didn't reach the heights it could have done. Seriously, what were they thinking?!? Actually, I like the first Fantastic Beasts better than any movie past the second. Thanks, James Newton Howard!
  8. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    Those are the ones I liked best. The ones that clearly showed the potential that the following films never lived up to. Have to agree to disagree on the third; that's where the series started to become wildly inconsistent. Within the same movie, there are tremendous high highs and low lows. But indeed the fifth one is quite consistently good.
  9. Is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets underrated?

    But are any of them "good"? I personally find the entire series a missed opportunity of epic proportions.
  10. Alan Silvestri's READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

    One CD per track! The "Ready Player One: Singles Collection". (Oh dear, that's open for alternate interpretation, isn't it...?)
  11. Alan Silvestri's READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

    Maybe it's 2 CDs because each makes for a good, unique and short presentation?
  12. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard 2018)

    Wouldn't it be more odd if everyone were to do everything exactly the same?
  13. Alan Silvestri's READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

    Sounds fair enough. Probably there is virtually always some improvement possible; even if it is just pruning boring tracks or excessive alternates or merging short tracks that fit together. Sometimes I even like short alternate bits being pliced within the main program. Definitely worthwhile to keep some creative juices flowing even after the recording sessions have finished.
  14. Alan Silvestri's READY PLAYER ONE (2018)

    So the intended order for the film is by definition not the most musically valuable one? I do often think that some jumbling up can improve the listening experience. And sometimes an album that bears no resemblance to the film order can be pretty great and sometimes even better than C&C. But that all depends on the music itself. I don't think there is a "golden rule" here that is always true without exception.