I don't go to the movies frequently anymore as I don't find the theatrical experience to be an enjoyable one. Yesterday I decided that perhaps for once I should get out and see the two big summer films. I decided to see Shrek and Harry Potter. I was rather disappointed in both. One I walked out on 3/4 of the way through. Being a huge fan of the original Shrek (and who isn't), I was anticipating enjoying the sequel. Once the film began It didn't take long before I realized that most of the flavor of the original film was completely lost. I realize that DreamWorks made a big deal about improving the animation for Shrek 2. For me, the improvement was part of the problem....the film looks too modernized. In addition, I felt that many of the jokes fell flat while the filmmakers took too many opportunities to throw in really bad music including a typical cliche' ending where everyone is dancing on stage . Don't get me wrong, I found Shrek 2 to be very entertaining with a few solid laughs, but it seems that so much of the original film's charm has been lost here that I fear for the third film. As for Harry Potter.... Every review I had read for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban praised the new director for taking this film in an entirely new direction. It's very apparant that this Potter is much darker than the first two films. The problem I found was that it was also slower and very anti-climatic. One of the big reasons I got out to see this Potter installment was because of "chameleon" actor Gary Oldman, who I feel is sensational in everything he does. It took more than half the film for Oldman's character to appear on the screen, and when he did, I was disappointed that he was placed in a role that didn't seem to fit him. Oldman is known for playing sadistically evil characters. The build-up the film gives you to his arrival only ended with disgruntlement. I was so bored with the film that I left 3/4 of the way through at the point Where the teacher was transforming into a warewolf and about to face the black wolf . I realize my opinions are amongst the minority here based on the rave reviews that both these films have received. Still, I am interested as to how many of you agree or disagree with my assesments.