28 November, 2010

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Review *Spoilers*

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Frances de la Tour, Hazel Douglas, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Evanna Lynch, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Richard Griffiths, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters, Fiona Shaw, Clémence Poésy, Brendan Gleeson, Andy Linden, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Rhys Ifans, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Dave Legeno, Jason Isaacs, Bonnie Wright, Bill Nighy, Harry Melling, Helen McCrory, Peter Mullan, George Harris. (whew.)

Written by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling.

Directed by David Yates.

So with my Harry Potter Fanatic Loving friends having already PCS'd to the United States, (Maryland to be exact) I took it upon myslef to have DH in tow and youngest DD and watch HP & the Deathly Hallows. The build up wasn't as it has been in the past for me, but is it because I did not have my HP loving friends with me or is it because so much time has lapsed between the last two movies and it has lost some of its sheen?

I am hoping it is because of the former, that without my friends who love HP as much as I do that I wasn't all hyped to see it.

I have read the series many times and I have and continue to watch all of the movies repeated times, so much so my DH at times wants to toss them out of the window and my daughters can repeat scenes with the characters.

The trailer for the movie had me very intrigued. So on to the movie, we sit up in the balcony area middle seat in the second row with a full on view of the screen it was nice.

Having DH next to me was a bit annoying at times only because he has not read the books and the movie had him asking questions during which I of course had to answer because he was just not understanding (the same thing happened in Half Blood Prince though). The movie in my opinion ran a little slow and I wish they would have had the Dursleys leaving and the Dudley/Harry moment in the movie. I know they showed the Dursleys leaving just not how I expected it portrayed. The movie seemed slow and appropriately during scenes became anticipatory, like when Harry dove in to retrieve the sword. Another key point I think they should not have left out is when Harry & Hermione go to Godrics Hollow and they see the house where Voldemort killed his parents and they do not show that it is magically protected and or inscribed in anyway it just looks like a run down house.

I think I will see the movie one more time and though the movie was so so I am hoping part 2 doesn't leave too much out I know there are many side stories like Tonks being Pregnant, whats happening at Hogwarts, Potter Watch, Percy apologizing to the family soo much to put in 2 movies. I have a feeling that the second movie is going to be mostly fighting and very fast paced. It is a shame that we have to wait so long for the last movie..

Don't get me wrong it wasn't all negative, several of the scenes were on point with the book and I was excited to see them play out that way. You could feel the weariness of the situation in the movie. The disappearing witches and wizards, the attacks then there are the moments that at least for me I read and cried about and didn't really want to see.  I did find my self engaged with the screen watching the story unfold waiting and or holding my breathe for the story to open up. When Hermione erases her families memories my heart dropped for her it was definitely a well shot moment that pulls you in.

This is just one HP lover Fanatics opinion. Have a great night everyone!


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