Harry Potter and the Movie Review

>> Monday, November 22, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.

It was a fantastic book-to-movie adaptation.
It just wasn't a movie that can stand on its own two feet.

Don't get me wrong, the first half of the movie was brilliant. They started out with an awesome chase scene, and the way they film Harry Potter is always great. And I loved the entire part where they broke in to the Ministry of Magic. Not to mention, the Death-Eater meeting was perfect.
But as soon as Ron left, it sort of dragged on. Hermione was depressed; Harry danced with her to cheer her up. They kept traveling and setting up camp. Like I said, it dragged...
I really liked the Tale of the Three Brothers--only not in the movie. The Tim Burton-ish animation seemed so out of place, no matter how cool it was.

And I couldn't appreciate any of the Dobby-ness because I kept thinking: "That's not his voice."
You've probably heard this already, but the locket scene was...weird. The movie was also really dark. I've had no qualms with any of the previous ones at all. The 6th movie left me walking out in a state of euphoria (even though, yeah, Dumbledore died.) This one left me numb.
It seemed they tried too hard for this one, and it fell too short.

Albeit, it was a good movie, but I'm not clamoring to buy it when it comes out. (Which is a first.)
And Harry Potter is more  of a family institution  than a "let's go watch a mega-dark movie".  The end left us all hanging, however, and without thinking I immediately burst out an incredulous "WHAT?!" as soon as the credits rolled.
Let's just say it could have been better.

The upside is, that by going to the theater, I got to see "The Eagle" trailer on the big screen. (Ha ha ha.)

Verdict: Wait until the DVD comes out.
Grey Travel Rating: 3/5 Stars
Special Effects: 6/5 Stars
Plot: 3/5 Stars
Acting: 4/5 Stars
Objectionable Content: Ginny asks Harry to zip up her dress, and her back is exposed. The locket taunts Ron by showing him scenes of Harry and Hermione kissing waaaaay too much. You can tell they're naked, but thankfully can't see past their necks.
One use of the D-word, H-word, and P-word.


The Golden Eagle November 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

I hadn't heard that it was a dark movie . . . interesting. Thank you for the movie review!

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