Helena Bonham Carter
The filmmakers take a straightforward, faithful approach to the material, retaining its essential sweetness, allowing the silliness quotient to rise but not fly away, and letting the lavish sets, costumes, and special effects do the heavy lifting.
Even if the movie doesn’t quite replicate the parade of privileged moments of the stage play, it still resonates with intense emotionality and extravagant romanticism.
Among the big names on this week’s home video list, Gwyneth Paltrow plays an emotionally troubled country singer torn between her husband and a rising young star in “Country Strong.”
Who’s likely to go home with the Oscars as best actress and best supporting actress? Bill Wine handicaps those races.
This fact-based comedic drama, originally intended to be a stage play, is better than fine — it’s magnificent.
Question: Has the final Harry Potter book been halved for the movie screen for commercial reasons or artistic ones? Answer: Yes.