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Deathly Hallows Report

I finally saw HP7.1 tonight. Thumbs up. Is it July yet?

I'm glad they spread it out over two movies; maybe they could have cut it down, but the main part that some might find stretched out -- The World's Worst Camping TripTM -- worked, I thought, to show the hopelessness of the Trio's situation, making the break with Ron all the more tragic as well as adding punch to his dramatic return. (Of course, this set-up worked for me in the book also, so mileage may vary.) The deaths of Hedwig and Dobby were terribly affecting, and I almost came to tears with Harry when he visited his parents' grave. So on an emotional level, I was very satisfied with the film.

I wish we had seen Dumbledore's funeral, in either this movie or the last, and I was irritated that they cut Harry's speech to Ron about his brotherly feelings for Hermione, since I felt like that was a major aspect of their character growth, especially Ron's. Do we really still need to try for 'ship ambiguity at this point? (In comparison, I was okay with the dance scene; I bought that Harry was just looking to comfort Hermione, and that at such a low point, she might respond to the opportunity to make a connection with someone, even if it's not the someone she really wants.) Other than that, I was good with the changes and streamlining, and the choice of break was effective (and about what I was expecting). Is it just me, or does Hermione get more ruthless with each movie? Even more so than in the books. Which I like, don't get me wrong. But when we see her with Ron's blood on her hands... Brr. The look in her eyes... I think Emma Watson did the best acting job of the Trio here, and I hope we see a lot more of her once these movies are over.

Edit: I almost forgot my favorite part! The Tale of the Three Brothers. So beautifully done. The animation was gorgeous, and the style gave the story such a timeless and mythic feel. And Emma's reading was the icing on the cake. Can we see more Beedle the Bard stories in this style? I know I would watch them.

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Dec. 6th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
I felt like they played up Harry/Hermione ship for a few minutes there, beginning with the dance scene. Now, I love the sentiment of "everything's fucked so let's dance", I thought the way it was shot and edited seemed to intimate a potential Harry/Hermione relationship and the montage after it did, too.

I didn't like where they ended it, but I think that's because I was expecting it to be a liiiittle more of a Complete Movie and less of a Part One of Two.

Those two complaints beside, I really loved the movie. All the kids have gotten so good at acting, it was honest-to-god funny (which the first few movies were missing), it was emotional, fantastically edited, I could go on and on... Definitely a thumbs up from me. :)
Dec. 6th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
I've long felt that Emma Watson is the most talented of the three. Her in that torture scene...the second time I saw it I had to cover my ears and close my eyes.

I'm kinda hoping they release an extended edition where they combine the movies into one and add any deleted scenes in for next Christmas.
Dec. 7th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
I had many of the same thoughts in my HP recap a couple weeks ago. All in all it was still really well-done though, IMO.
Dec. 7th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I didn't read your review before because I was avoiding movie-only spoilers; I just now went back and read it, and I agree with pretty much everything. The bit, especially, about the writers of this movie trying to shoehorn in a love triangle -- I am with you, exactly, on H/Hr vs R/Hr in the books, and the scripts playing up H/Hr has been a problem throughout the movie series, for me. At least I think the R/Hr scenes played well, but I would've liked to see more development on Harry's feelings for Ginny.

But it's not a make-or-break on the movie for me, either, and I'm really looking forward to part 2!
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