Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Entertainment Weekly Names the Movie's Top Five Magicians!
5. Merlin: I love the movie Excalibur, so this was a sure bet for me. Merlin was portrayed as more of a shaman then a classical magician, and to witness his rise, fall, and rise was astounding. I can watch this movie over and over again, so I agree with this choice.
4. Gandalf: Sir Ian McKellan brought the essence of the Lord of the Rings character to life in the big screen adaptation. I love the grace and simplicity that Sir Ian used to portray such a powerful character.
3. Aldus Dumbledore: As a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, it is sometimes hard for me to see Dumbledore portrayed on screen. Richard Harris came close, and Michael Gambon gives a good attempt, but the actors haven't surpassed the picture I have in my head of this great wizard.
2. The Wicked Witch of the West/East: Man, I had nightmares for years from this old girl! Every holiday season we would watch the Wizard of Oz, and each time the spot-on portrayal by Margaret Hamilton had me checking under my bed. My money is on the Wicked Witch.
1. Yoda: I didn't see that coming. I love it, but I had never really thought of Yoda as a magic man until Entertainment Weekly broached the subject. Powerful yes, magic… well, I have got to think about that. I always saw the Force as more organic then mystical, so that is quite a quandary.
One of the reasons I subscribe to Entertainment Weekly is that I love the great sidebars and notes that they come up with. It isn't just about excellent entertainment coverage with a minimum of gossip; it's about the little touches.
What are your thoughts?