Every single Potter film stands on its own two feet. When The Wife and I acquire the Blu Ray box set linked above, we won’t skip any titles when we redo our marathon someday. Pressed to name the weak link in the chain I cannot. They’re all fun, exciting, family-oriented adventure films drawing from the collective mythologies of Western civilization.
But even during my intense adolescent days of Star Wars and Star Trek obsessive fandom I — like virtually all geeks — readily acknowledged their shortcomings. The nails-on-a-chalkboard dialogue and cardboard characters of the unwatchable prequel trilogy. The strange way only the even numbered Trek movies performed. Skip The Motion Picture, The Search for Spock, The Final Frontier, Generations, and Insurrection and you won’t miss much. And with the failure of the last Trek film, the even-numbered Nemesis in 2002, it seemed to signal the death of Gene Roddenberry’s vision on the big screen. Thankfully J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot Star Trek points toward a more promising future.
But it’ll still take 7 more Abrams-style Star Treks or George Lucas-free, Disney Star Wars sequels to bring the franchises back up to the level of consistent quality that Harry Potter already delivered.
It looks to me like the main competition to the Potter films’ cinematic supremacy will come from a different direction…
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