Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
Like/Don't Like: Profoundly Loved
So here's my conundrum: how do I express how much I loved this movie without sounding like a total lunatic? Because it is well documented what an enormous fan I am of the whole franchise. Love the books, love the movies, feel like I could be the first true muggle ever allowed into Hogwarts. So you see the problem. You all know that I'm a Super Fan and if you're not I don't want you to think, "Well, of course she loves this movie." So, setting my fandom aside, I will say that this movie is thrilling. There is loads of action, some pretty good laughs, some very sweet moments, great acting, great special effects and quite possibly the best movie villain you will ever lay eyes on. I actually believe that anyone could walk into this movie, not knowing the difference between a horcrux and a blast-ended skrewt, and still really, really enjoy it.
But I didn't actually go into this movie looking for any kind of cinematic credibility. I went in as a Super Fan. We (me, Katie & Lindsay - who hasn't read the books but has seen all the movies so didn't know what was going to happen. Can you imagine?!) got there 2 hours ahead of time, just to make sure we got good seats. We were bouncy and giddy with excitement through the entire wait. When the movie started we cheered. When it ended we cheered and wiped the tears and snot off our faces. As a fan it was one of the best movie experiences I've ever had. They got everything right. I didn't feel like anything was short-changed. In fact, the big battle at the end seemed even more real and devastating than in the book because you're witnessing these characters that you love struggle and fight and die. It was not easy. I'm still not at the point yet where I can delve too deeply into it. (Someone today described it as a mind explosion. Agreed.) but I will just say this: it was magical.