Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
With almost 170 million dollars raked in during its opening weekend alone, it’s safe to say that this movie was quite possibly the most anticipated movie in history. Personally, what I thought was more surprising than even its record breaking haul was the fact that the movie didn’t disappoint. There’s really no hype attached to this film, it’s genuinely good story telling.
What you may not like:
-As a Non-Harry Potter fan, I kept getting lost with who the characters were. I had a hard time remembering who people were when they brought characters back from the past. This is obviously a non issue for fans of the series who probably own them all on DVD and have watched them multiple times
-The battles that should mean the most
are the least spectacular
-There’s so much time spent looking for crap, objects and what-not that it almost takes away from all the truly amazing plot twists
-The 3D isn’t really all that spectacular. I list this in the next section because it wasn’t terrible either, I’ve seen much worse
What you’ll love:
-Amazing plot twists, but I was floored a few times while watching this movie
-A great, full circle and complete, final film
-Interesting sub-theme about the basic circle of life and the
difficulties attached with growing up and letting go
-I really enjoyed how some of the battles made it almost like a war movie
-Fans talked at length about how this sequel strays from the book the least
-If you were disappointed with 5 or 6, don’t worry, you’ll love this one (says fans)
-Good effects that weren’t over done, everything had a reason for being on-screen
-Good-enough 3D, not great, but if you want great 3D it’s either going to come from animated movies, or films shot with specific 3D cameras. As far as films converted to 3D, this one’s not bad, just don’t expect too much and you’ll be happy.
All in all, Harry Potter has been a huge part of our culture for a long time now. It’s such a smart approach to storytelling, to grow up with your audience. The movies/books aren’t afraid to address both the good and the bad of life and growing up. It’s something that people can take personal lessons from, kick back and be entertained by, and think about long after it’s over. I spoke with some people who don’t even like Harry Potter. They were dragged to see it and yet grudgingly admitted that they enjoyed it as well, which is a good sign. I’m not really into wizards and all that stuff. I hated Lord of the Rings (Anybody remember “Willow”?) and most of the other fantasy things out there. When Harry Potter first came out, I made fun of it. Yet, it gained my respect when I finally did give it a chance because of its universal subject matter. Sure, it’s wizards and goofy stuff, but really it’s about life and how dark it can become without love in it. How can you not take a moment to appreciate that?
The short answer is, you’ll either love it or hate it. If you hate it, it’ll likely be more because you hate the genre than the script. Still, from the looks of things, chances are very strong that you’re going to love it. Was the 3D worth it? I think fans will pay to see it in 3D and be happy about it. They hand out special glasses shaped like Harry Potter’s glasses which everyone enjoyed. If you’re just seeing it to see it, don’t bother with the 3D, chances are you won’t feel like it’s worth it. Either way the movie is worth full price for most people. It will probably be worth the 30 bucks on blu-ray for most people. 20-24 for DVD depending on special features.
I know I always ask “what did you think?” here, Take it a step further if you like. How do you feel about the entire journey of Harry Potter and how do you feel now that it’s come to a close?
Thanks for reading,
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