I put off watching Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows last week because, well, the theaters were too crazy and jam-packed with people … and I couldn’t even get a ticket. So really, there was nothing I could do anyway, haha. But I did finally see it today. The theater was surprisingly not that full, though part of that may have been related to the fact I went to the theater at noon. I’m sure evening showings are still pretty busy.
Keeping in mind I am obviously NOT a professional critic or anything even remotely close to one, here were my thoughts on the movie:
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. When it ended, my friends and I all agreed that we could have sat another two or three hours in the theater to watch part two. I don’t remember anything from the book (speaking of which, I think I might re-read soon), but thankfully the movie wasn’t difficult to understand despite that. I love the Harry Potter series in general, so I’m probably a bit bias, but I was entertained by it and the movie was engaging for me.
The fact that the seventh book was split into two parts has a good and bad side though. The good thing is that the movie does not need to be rushed in order to cram the entire plot in, so the audience can see many more scenes they remember and cherish from the novel. The bad side is that because they don’t need to rush, the pacing of the movie is kind of slow. In fact, I found it almost kind of jarring how the scenes flowed. The action scenes are very abrupt followed by sudden calms … then more sudden action. That works fine and all in a book, but on screen, it doesn’t work as well.
There was, uh, one scene which I found really … odd? When Ron is supposed to destroy a horcrux and he sees a scene of Harry and Hermione … If you’ve seen the movie, you probably know what I’m talking about. I can’t remember if that exact scene happened in the book. Not that I’m a prude, but it just seemed really out of place in the movie, even if it WAS Ron’s imagination.
I read somewhere that someone thought the movie didn’t seem “magical” compared to past movies. I can see their point, but I think considering the plot of The Deathly Hallows, it is reasonable to tone down the magic-ness. This is no longer about Harry discovering the wizarding world, but about Harry on a hunt for the seven horcruxes. Don’t get me wrong, we still have wizards and witches shooting spells at one another, teleportation, etc. but this is the seventh movie now. We are no longer as amazed by the magic in Harry’s world because we’ve become so familiar with it, and that’s why I think it seems less magical in a way. Well, I wasn’t bothered by it. I didn’t even notice the “lack of magicalness” until I read that review, which led me to think about it.
Still, I loved watching this movie and seeing all the scenes from the book come to life. My favourite scenes include infiltrating the Ministry of Magic (the actors playing Harry, Ron and Hermione in their disguised forms were excellent, in my opinion. Even though they were completely different actors, I was impressed that they were able to retain Harry, Ron and Hermione’s mannerisms) and my second favourite scene was the retelling of the Three Brothers fairy tale.
I am excited for part two, which is supposed to come out June 2011. Seems so far away, but it’s actually only maybe half a year. I feel like life is going to be a little empty without anymore Harry Potter-ness to look forward to, yet at the same time, I am eager to watch the conclusion on the big screen :)