Right, so we’ve had one good panto and one bad panto, where does Aladdin (2000) fit? Is it another Jack and the Beanstalk (1998), or will it crash and burn like Cinderella (2000)?
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. Of course it is. Or isn’t. The fact that right now, we’re discussing this, not only here, but across the world, means that this is undoubtedly the most important question we need to deal with right now. So stop everything, give this a read, and use this to prove to people that your stance is correct.
So, here we are at ITV panto number two, Cinderella (2000). Is it as surprisingly decent as Jack and the Beanstalk (1999) or is it actually as naff as the most amateur of primary school productions?
Panto is weird, isn’t it? They’re simple, humorous plays that often deviate heavily from the original source material and are somehow quintessentially English and Christmassy. Despite the fact the majority of them are poorly put together with a limited budget and cast with average acting skills, I do admit a liking for them. By far, the most professional pantos I’ve ever come across are those produced by ITV from 1998 to 2002. There are four of them and for Christmas, I plan to review all of them and then rank them all in order of personal preference. Without further ado, lets begin with Jack and the Beanstalk (2003)
Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night! Well, not good night yet, because evidently, you’re not going to bed yet and I most certainly am not as it’s currently 10:38 AM on a Sunday and I’ve not long gotten out of bed. I’m lazy, but I ain’t that lazy.
Everyone loves a good bad guy, right? It’s why we all prefer Hannibal Lector over Clarice Starling, prefer Scar over Simba and Wile E. Coyote over The Roadrunner. It’s all about depth and mystery – we either need to know the backstory so that we understand the motives behind the evil, or we need to be told as little as possible so that we’re left to fill in the gaps ourselves.
From what we know, and what we don’t, we form an opinion on every villain, from the named henchmen like Oddjob or Paulie Gatto, up to the masterminds themselves like Emperor Palpatine or The Joker. It’s just the way it is.
With all of this in mind, there’s a few Death Eaters we find out about through the Harry Potter series… But which is best? Which are in the Top 5, even? Well, let’s find out, shall we?
Good day to you all! It may (or may not) be a surprise to hear that very recently, a new film set within the universe of Harry Potter has been released, and it’s certainly made an impact here – tonnes of you are reading Benny’s article discussing which Dumbledore was better, and rightly so because it’s great. But it got me thinking. Who else can we discuss in a similar fashion? I reveal to you all, my ranking of the Defence Against The Dark Arts teachers!