Saturday, July 14, 2007

Reviews: Sue Henry's Tooth of Time; Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I just completed reading Sue Henry's new Maxie McNabb book, The Tooth of Time. The book held some importance for me because we have been to the Philmont Scout Ranch twice, and our John was there twice as a Cub and twice as a Boy Scout. Joey was there once as a Cub and once as a Scout. John is now an Eagle, earning his Eagle before he was 14, and receiving it on his 14th birthday, making him the 8th male in my Ficke family to early the Eagle!

Sue Henry is a superb writer. As well as the McNabb series, she also has a series involving an Iditarod racer, Jessie Arnold.

This book also pushed my interest in weaving, as much of the action takes place at Weaving Southwest in Taos, New Mexico. I think I want a student loom!Last evening, as is our family tradition, 11 of us met, first to eat barbecue at Baker's Ribs and then on to the movie to see the newest Harry Potter, Order of the Phoenix. I had heard many blogger reviews, and I was actually dreading the movie, but I was pleasantly surprised. Interestingly, as the books contain a dark feeling, so the lighting of movie was much darker. Also, the actor who plays Dumbledoor was much better, as I think he was actually playing Dumbledoor rather than playing Richard Harris, the first Dumbledoor. And this book begins to hold Christian allegory can be compared to C. S. Lewis.

Further, although the movie added scenes not in the book, and removed many scenes, all-in-all the movie was good, stayed with the story; the actors did their jobs well; the special effects were spot on. Now I am waiting , quite impatiently, for Book 7!
So there you have it. My opinions!

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9 comments:

Jen said...

I agree about the darkness of the movie. It was my least favorite of the 5 so far, but I think its because of all the books/movies, this one I felt is less able to stand on its own as a story without the other books. I am sooo looking forward to book 7!

Dawn said...

I haven't read the books or seen the movie, and don't really have any desire to. But my daughter is waiting very anxiously for the new one. She read the other six in 2 weeks recently and got addicted, to say the least.

I've read that this movie is not so good for kids. Did you agree with that?

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

I actually didn't have a problem with this movie where children are concerned. We had two eleven-year-olds and an 8-year-old with us, and they enjoyed it, and it wasn't particularly frightening or objectionable in any way. As I said, whether Rowling meant Christian allegory, I certainly see it, especially in this book and the 6th.

I think the director played the darkness of evil well with the dark lighting.

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Jen said...

Dawn-My thought is that little kids just completely wouldn't really understand the storyline.

There were lots of 4 & 5 year olds at the movie when we went, and I do think it would be too scary (intense?) for them.

There were even some 8-10 year old kids that I overheard leaving the theatre saying things like, "I don't really get what happened." I think it's definately one that a kid in that age range would have to read the book to really know what's going on.

It was definately dark, but I don't think it was too scary for an 8 year old.

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

Dawn, I think Jen is right. For the post part, even adults won't understand what is going on without reading the book. It wasn't clear in the movie that they were looking for a prophesy until then end, and that was made clear all through the book. As to little children in the movie, there were many under 6 running around loose...with certainly distracted from what was happening on screen. I cannot understand why people would leave a little child at ANY movie alone!

Lisa said...

Hi Sioux! Finally back in the blogging world and wanted to stop by and say hi. Hope you're having a great summer.

Bimbimbie said...

pssst Sioux .... don't tell anyone but I still haven't got round to seeing any of the movies let alone read the books BUT perhaps this weekend I might just hire nos 1 & 2 *!*

Brooke said...

My dad and I went Sunday to watch. It was way too long for him. We knew it would be but he really wanted to see it. It only made me want to finish the book. I didn't expect half of it and was confused at a couple of parts. I loved it though! i thought Daniel R. was so good and looked so much more grown up. I need to read it and then 6 so when I get deathly hallows on sat ill be able to read it soon!!

Hope all is well with you!! We're still here!! We should all get together for dinner sometime. One night I don't work...which is...ummmm LOL

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