Yesterday our family went to the cinema to watch Harry Potter (in 2D, yay!). We thoroughly enjoyed it as a fitting end to the series, and I think the galloping fire in the Room of Requirement was a fantastic bit of computer imagery (among many others). Actually the whole thing was quite a ride, and if I don’t miss my guess, part of it will be a ride in reality at some point — there’s just got to be someone planning an “Infiltration of Gringott’s Vaults” roller coaster somewhere.
Anyway, after seeing the film I read several reviews of it, all of which claimed that (and this can’t be a spoiler for anyone who has either read the books or seen the films, which encompasses about 75% of the planetary population) the long-awaited kiss between Hermione and Ron was indeed worth the wait. One reviewer said the theater erupted in gleeful shouts, another said it would go down in history as one of cinema’s great kisses. Now, while I’d have to say that their kiss was a whole heck of a lot better than the awkward peck between Harry and Ginny, I still thought it was fairly meh. Those two just don’t have chemistry. One of cinema’s great kisses? No way — that kiss cannot be compared to, say, the “I still love you” kiss between Bergman and Bogart in Casablanca.
So my query is: Was that really a great kiss and I’m just a romance-challenged coot, or is the standard for great kisses getting lowered in our modern era of increasingly computer-generated films?
(And as an argument against my coot status, here’s a compilation of truly great cinema smooches, which made my heart go pitter pat.)