Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
To this day, I still would not consider myself a fan of Harry Potter, I don’t own the DVDs and I don’t think much about the films after the fact. However, these movies are such well crafted stories (we all know I’m a sucker for a good storyline) that as far as I can remember I’ve seen every single film to date. Some I’ve even watched more than once. If you can take a non-fan and get them to watch that religiously, you’re doing more than adapting a book, you’re making a damn good movie. In some ways I think this movie is a disappointment, but fans of the books say this movie is by far the best of the series and most accurately transforms the book to film. Honestly, with all Harry Potter films, I don’t understand half the crap on the screen and I just kinda run with it, so I’m not sure I appreciate the film as much as fans will, but I think that’s a good thing as it let’s “outsiders” know that even non-fans will enjoy the movie.
What you may not like:
-The movie drags; I really don’t think it needed to be so long at all. It may have even been possible to cram both parts into one movie without losing any meaning. There were so many scenes that lasted for several minutes that could have taken a few seconds and still held the same impact. While it may have been necessary to make a finale into two parts in order to touch on everything needed, that doesn’t mean the movies themselves need to be so long. Really, the standard hour and half probably could have done it, hour forty five max. Oh well.
-It feels like sometimes they don’t follow their own rules. You watch them do something, and then later they can’t do it. It’s hard to understand the limits of their magic when you see them basically do whatever they want at other points in the film. It seems like the only time their magic has major limitations is when the writers need someone to die so they can have an emotional scene.
-Some of the jokes just aren’t funny, dry Brit humor doesn’t fare well in America. With that being said a lot of people were still laughing.
-Some of the fight scenes are corny looking, while others are vicious and impressive. I’m not sure why they couldn’t find some level of consistency with this aspect of the movie.
What you’ll love:
-It really is amazing how in depth and complex these movies are while remaining so simple. If you strip away all the flare and get down to the root of all the movies combined, Harry Potter is really just about life, from start to finish. This latest two part finale (it IS actually the finale right? We’re not going to keep beating the dead horse for more profit… right?) brings us to the end of every person’s journey, with undertones of being faced with our own mortality, procrastinating on the task of letting go of the ties that bind us to the world we’ll one day leave. It’s deep and yet special effects and funny moments keep the concept light and enjoyable.
-Good special effects
-Some shocking choices by the characters add a sense of the unpredictable to the film (unless you’ve read the books, of course)
-A good spot to end. While I don’t know how necessary it was to split the movie into two parts, or make the movie so damn long; I do think they ended it well. It’s no agonizing cliff hanger like some other epic sagas. It leaves you satisfied, with enough loose ends tied up that it feels like a complete, stand alone movie, while at the same time leaving enough open that you can’t wait for part two.
Other than the movie’s length, I think the majority of movie goers will enjoy the film and feel like their money and time was well spent watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Pay full price, bring some friends. Get the DVD.
What do you think?