Guns Akimbo: Harry Meets Katniss?

My first thoughts on seeing this trailer were:

‘Guns Akimbo’ looks like a fun meta-take on video games. I wonder if it is direct to video or whether there will be a video game released akin to the story-line…

Does anyone else feel an irony boundary has been crossed akin to the Gamesmakers being tasked with making film adaptations of The Hunger Games books?

Chris Calderon has actually seen the movie and given it a thorough review:

The fundamental problem of Guns Akimbo is that it is sabotaged by the very message it wants to convey. If Howden is determined to critique the kind of story premise found in the works of authors like Rowling, then in order to prove his point, he must look for the most satisfying outcome for his character. The best possible refute would have been to let the critique play out in such a way that Miles is able to emerge a better and wiser character precisely because he has had a realization of the futility of the path he’s on. That could have made for an interesting premise. The trouble is there’s no such payoff to be found anywhere in the film’s running-time. The story requires a certain type of course correction from the character that never quite arrives. Instead, everything peters to a halt at the very end by Howden being unable to find that other course and letting the character trod the same path that audiences have either seen or read a thousand times before.

Read the whole review at Chris’ weblog, Scriblerus Club, for the several Potter, Everdeen, and Baggins allusions embedded more and less successfully in the movie.

And, if you’ve seen the movie, let me know what you think. Is it worth the hours of viewing time?

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Rowling Reads ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ — Chapter 5, On the White House Lawn!

Hat-tip, the Rowling Library!

Harry Potter at Home: Noma Dumezweni Reads Aloud Chapter Two of ‘Stone’

‘The Vanishing Glass’! Check out Chapter Two’s reading by Noma Dumazweni here: https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-vanishing-glass

Rowling Retweets Swan Reunion

For Serious Strikers out there, this is a point of interest because… well, The Swan Symbolism in Lethal White. See also Elizabeth Baird-Hardy on the subject and Joanne Gray.

Swans separated and re-united may be the single most important image or metaphor for the Cormoran Strike-Robin Ellacott relationship.

Discuss.