Karen (aswanargent) wrote,
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Manohla Dargis loves Ralph Fiennes

I haven't seen the latest Harry Potter film yet (maybe tomorrow), but I thought there might be some slight interest among the members of my flist in seeing what New York Times film critic Manola Dargis had to say about Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort.  The quote that follows comes from the review in Thursday's paper.

After talking about the returning cast and the new additions (Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter, Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody), Dargis goes on to say:

As good as these actors are, nothing prepares you for the malevolent force that is Lord Voldemort and the brilliance of the actor playing him, Ralph Fiennes.  Dressed in a flowing black robe that seems to float off his body rather than hang, Mr. Fiennes moves with lissome grace, his smooth white head bobbing like a cork on a sea, his fluttery hands and feet as pale and bright as beacons.  For years, the movies have tried to transform this delicate beauty into a heartthrob, but as "Schindler's List" proved, Mr. Fiennes is an actor for whom a walk on the darker side is not just a pleasure, but liberation.  His Voldemort may be the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose; certainly it's a performance of sublime villainy.

Not a bad thing to add to the scrapbook, is it?

 

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