Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

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.

8 comments:

Heidi (Todd) Broberg said...

YES!!!!! So so so so so exctied to see it I can hardly contain myself. Hopefully we can find the time soon. Yipee. I plan to cry like a baby too!

Rach said...

My friend that saw it last night said exactly the same thing, "They it got it just right", which is such a relief to me. I am dying to go see it, and it might have to be a Monday night activity minus the kids. Because I will be seeing it more than once in the theaters.

Local Moody said...

loved it. Just a shame its all over. What to watch next is the question??????http://techlifeandthecrazy.blogspot.com/

Lily EVans said...

I actually liked the first part much more. First of all, they leave out a lot more in the second half. You barely notice Fred, Remus and Tonks are dead. Then during the Prince's Tale, there was not enough of Lily. She is a very important character. I don't think it was emotional enough; I cried a lot when Dobby died, but when I saw Snape holding Lily, which in my opinion could have been the saddest thing ever, I barely shed one tear. Also, what happened to Teddy Lupin? I mean I loved the movie I guess, but I feel like it could have been a lot better. I'd write out more problems but I hate typing on an iPad lol,

Tessy said...

I watched it too soon after I listened to the audio of it so I was thinking of things they missed rather than just enjoying it for what it was.

So I HAD to watch it again. And I did.

It was better the 2nd time. Closing my mind to book version.

Charlie said...

I loved the movie. Although it was years from the time I read the book until I saw the movie, I think they left out some valuable pieces.

Evidently, I enjoyed it and I am totally in shock that the series is finally over!!!

Rach said...

Now I've seen it. Loved it. Bawled my eyes out and needed to bite my lip to hold back the sobs during Snape's memory. So good.

The Laugh Giraffe said...

Good movie. Always thought harry shoulda died though. Harry Potter would have been more epic with a tragic ending. - Just my opinion! Don't hunt me down and avada kedavra me :P