Monday, May 17, 2010

To "Pot" or Not?!?!?!?

So I posted a status last night that Keith and I were finally going to watch the first Harry Potter movie. I had more comments than I was expecting wanting to know my opinion so I thought I'd go ahead and post my own "movie review" on the blog I never use anymore! LOL!!!

Some background -
I have not read any of the Harry Potter books nor had I watched any of the movies before last night. Why? Because I've never had the desire to do so and I knew that there was a big controversy on the content of the books. And if I was being honest I'd probably say that I felt they were a little "immature" for me, but not in a snobby way. I just didn't know if I would find them interesting.

After partially watching (unfortunately I fell asleep) the movie last night I regret to say I don't have a very definitive answer to the questions asked of me. I am still torn between letting my girls watch them. I realize that they are old enough to decipher for themselves between fiction and reality but I would just hate to allow them to watch something that might affect them in a negative way. The whole basis of the movie being sorcery and witchcraft isn't something to be scoffed at. I just don't know if I want to even open the door to that for my 9 and 11 year old. Also, I researched the rest of the movies to find out if they would be able to watch the whole series. I found that the first three movies are rated PG, though a review of the 3rd stated it should have a PG-13 rating. The next two movies do have a PG-13 rating and then the 6th goes back to PG. So that would mean that the girls wouldn't be able to watch all of the movies for quite some time.
Having said all that I would have to say that I did find the movie and storyline more interesting than I expected. (I didn't fall asleep out of boredom.) Also, I didn't find anything objectionable in the movie concerning language or "sexual situations". I don't think that the movie itself would scare my kids in any way. I think that Keith enjoyed it and is ready to let the kids watch it. So we just might end up "Potting" it?!?!?!


Jane Anne said...

It's good to read your thoughts on this. Our babysitters are ready to let Jonathan borrow their Potter books. I don't think Jonathan will get too caught up in the wizardry but the controversy makes me wary.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review, Kim. I read the first book and thought it was very well written, a page turner. But, I was very creeped out as I got towards the end and discovered that the evil thing/being was inhabiting someone else. It was like he was possessed or something and it just was so descriptive and vivid. I read the first chapter of Book 2 and again was too creeped out to read anymore of it. I think the idea of it is exciting, but there are other exciting books and movies. Natalie is reading The Hobbit right now and is looking forward to reading The Lord of the Rings. I know there much controversy about all of this, but I figure the books will still be around when they are much older and can still be enjoyed then if they choose to read them. They won't be scarred by not following popular culture for a little while. I don't judge anyone for reading it or allowing their kids to read it. I just say that it's okay for us to wait.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised that the magic didn't take on such a "dark" feeling. They kept it pretty light and funny up until the end of the movie. I would let the Homegirls watch this HP movie (with us) but I would want to watch each of the other HP movies ahead of them before making a decision.
So, for now, I say yes to Pot.)
Bakatari out.