The Hypnotist was a superb film. The producer really seemed to have mastered the knack of casting actors who were both talented and good looking for all the roles. I watched as Harriet met the new boy Henry and conversed with him.
The film adopted a similar strategy to the recent dramatisation of Anthony Trollope's He Knew He Was Right, in which you could hear briefly what each character was thinking as a monologue, shortly after they conversed with another character. I thought it was clever the way the producer had changed the author's diary format into a monologue structure for the film.
The early interaction between Harriet and Henry reminded me somewhat of the interaction between Bella Swann and Edward Cullen in Twilight, despite the fact that the actors playing them were completely different.
I watched in sympathy as Harriet broke off her friendship with Henry when he admitted to her he was a hypnotist. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed Kamilla staring in awe as Harriet met Arthur at the park and he admitted to having a brother called Henry. I supposed I couldn't blame my girlfriend, since Arthur was incredibly good looking in the film.
Nevertheless, I briefly shot her a quizzical look and she gave me a playful nudge. I turned my attention back to the film and listened as Arthur started telling a story about two brothers falling in love with the same girl. I watched as Arthur and Harriet met the second time and kissed, remembering the picture on the front cover of The Hypnotist.
The scene where Henry hypnotised Harriet and forced her to dump Arthur was incredibly powerful, so powerful in fact that I noticed Kamilla had tears in her eyes. I quietly gave her my handkerchief. She dabbed her eyes with it and handed it back to me, smiling. I pocketed it, and squeezed her hand. I watched as Arthur undid Henry's suggestion and confessed to Harriet that he himself was a hypnotist.
The romantic scenes between Arthur and Harriet were like scenes out of an Indian movie. I detected the same kind of vibe from them. They also reminded me of the Aragorn/Arwen flashback in the Lord of the Rings movie. I liked Arthur's older brothers Matt and Ryan. Even the eldest, Andrew came across as charismatic as well as intimidating, on the screen.
For some reason, Ryan reminded me a lot of Jacob Black from the Twilight series, especially when he was checking Harriet's suggestibility and worked out that her over compliancy was a direct result of Henry forcing her into total submission. The way he did things echoed the way Jacob Black had looked out for Bella in Edward's absence in New Moon.
Half the audience gasped as Harriet in a mesmerised state pulled Ryan towards her and kissed him. I had to admit that the film messed with my head a little in exactly the same way the book had done in the sense that I kept changing my mind about the characters. When Arthur tossed around restlessly in his sleep, muttering proprius and princess, once more I almost believed Henry's thought that Arthur was insane.
I must confess I thought Carl was an amazing actor. He made me completely empathise with Henry's desperation when he urged Harriet to come and see him after school. When the villain Michael entered he reminded me at once of the boy who had acted Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The looks, and even the mannerisms were similar.
I double checked who was acting Michael - no it wasn't the same actor but I supposed the parts played were not disimilar. Michael was fascinating in a creepy kind of way, and his voice grated as he explained to Henry that a proprius was a non hypnotised enamoured slave who was totally in love with their master.
I wondered for a moment if they would include Anna crouching down to be Michael's footstool for health and safety reasons, but to my surprise they had included it. I chanced a glance at Selby who was staring transfixed at the big screen. I remembered what my mum once said about you being completely involved if you watched a film on a large screen.
I turned my attention back to the screen in time to see Henry supporting Harriet while she sobbed on his shoulder. While I agreed that Michael was a demonic monster I didn't believe Arthur was. The confrontation between Arthur, Henry and Harriet was again powerful - I could almost feel the tension.
I had to admit that Sam too really knew his stufff. Arthur's love for Harriet was obvious the way he laid her gently down. I leaned forward and listened closely as Henry gave up the girl he loved to his brother on condition that he would not exploit her. When the closing credits came on I stood up and stretched. Kamilla did the same beside me. I turned and saw that Emma, Jack and Selby were already standing up and making their way out of the row of seats.
"That was amazing" sighed Kamilla.
"I really like Arthur" she admitted, blushing.
"Well I thought Harriet was attractive myself" I said teasingly. We caught each other's eye and looked away, laughing.
"A real smash hit don't you reckon mate?" Selby had joined us.
I looked at my watch.
"There's a bus in 15 minutes. We'd better walk fast."
We said goodbye to Mel and Jack who did not live far from the cinema and then set off for the bus stop at a brisk walk.