i just wanted to say i read the thign that you didnt like and i agree with you on every single one. its hard not to be critical about something based on a book you hold dear. im like that everytime i see a film spinoff of a book i love. for me it was all the little details mostly. then the stuff you mentioned. i knew they wouldnt get it perfect! haha but it was pretty good. so heres my question- why is everyone so depressed? when i see a good film, or a concert or anything thats great even if its the ending of whatever it is, im on a natural high! im happy! i wanna talk about it with everyone and laugh! plus, the movies and books will always be here for us! and soon pottermore! why arent people happy damnit? lol anyways. love your blog. im a geek girl myself.
I think it’s always hard when you realize you’ll never get that high of a new book or movie! But, we’ll always be re-reading and re-reading (and most people will be re-watching, I’m sure) so the magic of Harry Potter will always be around. Glad you like the review and the blog! :]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 [REVIEW]
Here’s your warning: Spoilers abound beyond this point. Even if you’ve read the book, there are differences and surprises that will be described. You have bee warned.
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Emily here, bringing you a review of the final Harry Potter film, carefully compiled from both the opinions of myself and Alexi (so it won’t be too biased!)
Let’s start with the good. What we liked:
Special effects and cinematography for this film were incredible. At times in the battle I felt like I was watching Lord of the Rings all over again. The protection spells set around Hogwarts were, of course, lovely, as were the Death Eater spells tearing them down. There were a lot of noticeable close-ups on character’s faces, but it worked very well for the drama of the film.
It felt like you were watching a battle. This movie earned its PG-13 rating, from the slaughter of Gringotts’ guards and goblins (including Griphook) to Nagini’s startling and repeated attack of Snape against the walls of a boathouse. A scene involving a dead Lavender Brown being gnawed by Fenrir Greyback (who is promptly blasted by Hermione) still haunts me a day after seeing it. (It is not confirmed in the books whether Lavender lives or dies, but it was an addition to the movie I appreciated, if only because of the impression it left.) You may not see some of the more important deaths (i.e. Fred), but it is a battle not easily forgotten.
The characters were all bad-ass. Seriously. But most noticeably was Prof. McGonagall and Neville Longbottom. Maggie Smith is quite possibly one of the best female actresses of her age, certainly better than most modern day actresses. She has been one of the saving graces of the whole Harry Potter film franchise, and certainly ended the series with a bang. From very serious moments to the many comical lines she’s give, it was a pleasure watching her. And then, of course, Neville Longbottom. We all knew what was coming, but watching it unfold onscreen was just fun, and it doesn’t hurt that Matthew Lewis has obviously grown up (into a very attractive young man!) Ron also gets plenty of screen time, which for me is a huge plus. He always had some trouble throughout the books and movies, being out shadowed by Harry and Hermione, but he really does come across as a hero. There was too little Luna Lovegood, I feel, though she got one brilliant line where she forced Harry to slow down and listen to her. I have zero complaints on casting and acting, it really made the film.
Plenty of humor, but it wasn’t overwhelming. We laughed a lot during this movie. Of course Ron reprised his role as comic relief, but McGonagall and Seamus Finnegan had their moments as well. Not to mention watching Helena Bonham Carter having to act like a teenage girl in the beginning, when Hermione poses as Bellatrix (and what a wonderful job she did too!) There is also a very awkward hug between Voldemort and Draco (the Malfoy family provides some unexpected humor) which is really too awkward to describe. Some of the humor seemed unintentional, however, such as most of the funny noises that Ralph Fiennes makes as the Dark Lord.
Snape’s memories. There’s not much to say about this part of the film, except that it would have been hard to mess up. Alan Rickman was, as always, a somber Snape which made it all the more heartbreaking to watch as he clung to a dead Lilly Potter in his memories and begged Harry Potter to look at him so he could see Lilly’s eyes one last time.