In a February article that appeared in GQ ominously titled “The Day the Movies Died,” eminent film-writer Mark Harris dubbed 2011 the year of sequels, prequels, reboots, adaptations and endless permutations of the above. Not that any of these are inherently problematic, but when studios repeatedly churn them out instead of coming up with something new to show us, well, it’s frustrating to say the least. Despite Mr. Harris’ dismal movie forecast, 2011 had its share of standouts, with even a few more still to come.
Somewhere between pulling open the tinted glass door of Century Redwood City 20 theaters and taking my first step inside, I crossed a powerful wormhole reminiscent of Platform 9 3/4, the magical connection between the ordinary world and the wizarding world in J.K. Rowling’s internationally renowned “Harry Potter” series.
As a whole, the movie series has been nothing more than a companion to the books, a multi-billion dollar aggregate of images and catchphrases that accompany the magical world painted by J.K. Rowling.