Monday, July 25, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
(Guest Review by Jack)
Q: What’s the movie about?
A: If you haven’t figured what this series is about by part 8 out of 8, you obviously don’t get to the movies that much- so why are you reading this blog? (Note from Monique: Don't answer that. I don't care about your reasons. Just read, read away!)
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: The same little kids from the first 7 movies- only 10 years less cute-looking now.
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Go! Even if you have not seen all the rest of them, they have plenty of recap dialogue to catch you up, and this one is a fine way to end it! That said, you may want still want to (re)visit the last one on Blu Ray, because it's fun!
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: There are a couple of forced moments with Filch (The Hogwarts Caretaker), but it's mainly just an action movie.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: No, but it should have. Again, they missed the emotional mark with this series– at least in comparison to the books.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: As usual, the tech credits are all top notch. People have started talking about the Academy finally recognizing the series, but really, it's no Lord of the Rings in terms of overall storytelling and creative excellence.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: The best thing about the series is the casting. They really got lucky with those kids!
Q: How is the Directing?
A: David Yates provides plenty of exciting sequences and the movie starts even before you see the WB logo – so get ready, because it's action packed from the moment it fades in. (BTW, I saw this in 2D because all the others were that way – and I was already feeling dizzy that night. But my sister saw it in 3D and says that the added dimension actually makes some of the epic battle scenes easier to follow.)
Q: How is the story/script?
A: The book was great. This movie, like most of its predecessors, feels like Cliff’s Notes. But because this film only covers one third of the last book, it is not nearly as bad off as many of the previous films. In fact, between you and me, the only other HP movie that really worked for me was Order of the Phoenix. Too often, these movies have failed to capture the emotional power of the books. Thankfully, this is one of the good ones.
Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?
A: This is the final chapter in the Harry Potter saga… For some of you out there, this brings a sigh of relief. You never have to hear of HP again. For the rest of us, who have loved the books and wished they never ended, this is like a death in the family. We will miss them dearly, but we must be grateful for the joy our loved ones brought us while they were relevant to pop culture.
Q: Where can I see the trailer?
A: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Trailer
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