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I have been fan of Harry Potter books since 2001, when I first saw
Philosopher's Stone in movies. I was 11 years old back then, and I
thought the movie was great. One month later I saw The Lord of the
Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, which literally changed my life; I
now study cinematography in Finland.
Sadly, none of the Harry Potter films have been better than the first one, which is still a great movie, but very childish. As the books became darker and better book by book, the films remained childish. To me, Half-blood Prince was an awful film: I didn't like the way how there were scenes that weren't in the books, like stupid jokes and the burning of The Burrow. Especially I was irritated by the way there were some great scenes missing, like Voldemort's memories.
But now, in The Deathly Hallows the movie series has finally reached the stage it should have been since The Goblet of Fire. It is absolutely great! As a movie, there's only one word for it: unbelievable. Cinematography is beautiful and the scenery is breath-taking (I gave this part of the making a lot of thought as it will be my occupation someday). Director has done good job with everything. Music fits well to the scenes and Daniel Radcliffe shows finally his talents as an actor. Visual effects are great, and they gave me some serious goosebumps. The best thing in the movie is that there are not many scenes that were not in the book. Those that are, are actually pretty good jokes that fit well to the story. All the main parts of the novel are there, which was nice. Only few things made me annoyed (like Wormtail, and the actor of Bill Weasley, who was not "cool" as Harry described him in the books). Also a good thing was that the movie was actually bit scary, even to me - and I'm 20. Bathilda Bagshot was creepy and the Horcrux scene was gorgeous in a strange way.
All in all, this is by far easily the best part of the HP series as a film and as a book. It's so good it deserves 10 stars out of 10, and I even dare say it's one of the best films made in few years. It is absolutely one of the best fantasy/ sci-fi films ever made. I wish the next July would be here already...
This is one of those movies that causes you to reach deep down in
yourself and think. For example, I was thinking, "Did I turn off the
iron? Why did I pay so much for popcorn?" I'm sure the producers were
thinking, "Hey, they are so far into it now, we can throw up any thing
on the screen and still make buckets of money. But let's have Daniel
Radcliff take off his shirt so they won't know they've been suckered."
Even if you're read the book and watched the other movies, the plot is
incomprehensible. The movie consists of a bunch of action sequences
strung together with no regard for the story.
At least I didn't pay to watch it in 3D.
After I'd seen the sixt Potter movie, I thought they would improve on
the pace in this (part 1) seventh movie. But boy, was I wrong. I was so
bored after the very well done beginning of the movie. Voldemort's
meeting and the motorcycle chase were very exciting, but then it
started again just like in part six...the very very slow scenes about
how Harry thinks he's so alone and he and his friends don't know what
to do...blablabla. Really, I have to see the second part of the seventh
book, just because I have to know how it all ends, but the director is
giving me a really hard time. I like the wonderous world of Harry
Potter, but not like this. Personally, I think the fourth part was by
far the most exciting of the Potter movies. OK, now let's sum up what I
liked about this seventh movie: -The beginning (Voldemort's meeting and
motorcycle chase) -The overall look of the movie (sets, lighting, etc.)
-The Deadly Hallows story sequence -The casting. Helena Bonham Carter
is one of my favorite actresses Now, things that I didn't like: -The
pace...ow my goodness. And I thought Gone with the Wind was slow or for
instance Dr. Zhivago or Signs. -Ron thinking Harry has the hots for
Hermione and fighting about it. Jeez...this was so forced. I mean,
Harry already knew in the 5th and certainly in the 6th movie that Ron
liked Hermione and Harry already had it going with Ginny. This was so
stupid and boring. -How many items do they actually need to kill
Voldemort. 7 Horcruxes that can be destroyed by a sword and than you
also have the 3 Deadly Hallows. My goodness...in a computer game
OK...but in a movie?! -When it became clear the neckless was making
people angry I wanted to shout: "Cast the ring into the fires of Mount
Doom!" Damn, this was such a rip-off of Lord of the Rings. -And yeah,
there we have it again...all those damn unoriginal references to WW2.
As Basil Fawlty would say: "Don't mention the war!" -There were so many
moments in this movie that it seemed like the story progressed simply
by chance. -The introduction of Dobby again and his utterly useless and
overemotional death. He dies and the movie tries to make us feel so sad
because he was such a lovable and important character...NOT! Maybe in
the books, but when you've only seen the movies like I have, Dobby's
not really a character that I established an emotional band with during
the last six movies. -The movie took itself too serious, but that's
probably what the tone of the book is too. A little more wonder and
innocence would have been nice. The humor was so scarce. As The Joker
said in The Dark Knight: "Why so serious?!"
All in all I just have two words for this movie...too bad! :(
Is it part art film? I'd say yes, in the better parts, it had something
wise and melancholy going for it, rather like the book, but it was lost
all too easily to the infrequent action sequences which neither impress
nor lend any forward motion, aside from a particular part of the
Bagshot/Nagini sequence making the audience jump a couple feet, and all
without Voldemort. Meh.
Alterations to the plot were generally as bad as they've been in the past, but the Lovegood house was so very poorly done, it rates special mention. It well and truly sucked. (I wondered if there had been some technical difficulties with the editing, it was so bad.) Most of the emotional scenes are strangely unmoving. Hermione's torture becomes something weirdly camp - Tim Burtonish, if you will - with no power to unsettle. The much anticipated horcrux destruction scene lacks any sort of nuance at all, so much so that Ron's resigned remark at the end of it falls as flat as a bassoon. Hermione looked like an airbrushed NY fashion house mascot, and Harry looked like plastic, with some silvery gloss smudged on. It was hokey, and I felt embarrassed watching it.
There were other bothersome things (the list could go on) - the whole imprisonment scene was horrid, rushed and thoughtless, and the basement itself looked like they were in some half-finished suburban ground floor, only thing missing was a couch, a TV and some paneling. Olivander looked far healthier than he did in the first film, Luna was an afterthought, Wormtail was apparently lulled to sleep by general uneventfulness, and Dobby looked like a wax figure moved by strings. Bellatrix was about as scary as The Count from Sesame Street, the snatchers behaved like the three stooges, and the confrontation at the end had all the movement drained from it, arranged instead like a lazy, half-hearted family portrait, just so they could end it with a hokey special effect that didn't work - the knife turning to jelly or something in the whirlwind of apparation. Dobby's death was atrociously handled, Luna spoke far too soon, and the burial was filmed in the blandest possible way.
The story was told in a linear way, and the camera work was too, which resulted in a very one dimensional film. The burial scene, for example, could have had a shot threw the window, with Hermione on the couch, Ron beside her, and Harry in the background or something - it would have taken no more time, but it would have filled the world better. Anything to vary the 1, 2, 3 of the telling.
The Story of the Three Brothers animation was very cool, and strange as it may seem to say it, Emma Watson's acting is almost the best thing about the film.
I liked the arty parts, but everything else is trash.
The film needed a new director and a new writer. I fear for part two very much now.
I have looked at other peoples reviews of this film, and let me start
by saying I loved the other HP Movies.
But the people that have reviewed this film are you sniffing GLUE??? What a waste of 2 hours..... it was just a lot of nothing.... I read this on someones Else's review and i think they are spot on...
"When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows ended, I asked to myself: Two and a half hours for this? I think that the important elements from this film could have easily occupied the first half hour from the following film without losing the spirit from the book or the growth from the main characters. Big part of this film is a boring "road movie"" I was shocked and I nearly feel asleep and for 1 second i thought it was just me but when it ended, I heard nearly everyone in the Cinema saying what a load of XXXX and how do we get our money back!!! What were they thinking when then split it and done what they did, I guess it must have just been a money making Spin before the last one..
Do yourself a favour wait for this to come out on DVD and don't waste your money at the Cinema, YOU WILL BE Disappointed:: Just my view, but I have never come back and went straight on IMDb to tell everyone I could, not to waste the time in their life when they could do other things and enjoy it more when the next one comes out.... I hope they don't mess that one up too..... I'm worried.
Completely lacking in imagination, storytelling, and cinematography,
this is the worst I have seen in the series.
Aside from the first 15 and last 15 minutes, The Hallows is the most boring and badly presented to date. I understand character development and a sub story was going on during this portion, but it is so blatantly spoon fed and boring it was borderline offensive. Characters should be developed by following them through a story, not by stopping (or slowing) the story to develop the character!
As for audience appeal I can say only this: being a PG-13 movie with such dark and sexual overtones the dialog and presentation feels aimed at the intellect of a 6 year old audience.
Further, the way that characters just hop in and out of scenes, unannounced, and unexplained ruined most every major action sequence for me.
The three main characters can't ever figure anything out on their own or spot obvious traps. They just dumbly wander from dangerous situation to the next while trying not to unravel simple clues. They are constantly bailed out by random characters showing up at just the right random time and place. I didn't read this book, but I have read a few, and the author seems to describe the situations and traps as subtle and tricky. The director failed at this concept completely.
They should not have split this into two movies, and I honestly hope, when I watch part 2 at home, the director pulls his production team, editing, and writing together for something that makes sense and serves to fill more then just time.
I just got home from the official worldwide premier of the new Harry
Potter movie. Overall the movie was great it had a good flow to it, you
become attached to the characters and the mystical world they live in,
the story has a lot of excitement to it and there is always something
interesting going on. I have read all the Harry Potter books and this
interpretation of the 7th and final book is very accurate and does not
leave out any major detail,I know that a lot of people are upset that
Warner Bros. decided to make this final book into two separate movies
but maybe its better this way, it allows the viewers to get the most
detail of what happens in the book, and it allows the filmmakers to
express the most detail of the final chapter of the Harry Potter
Overall I really enjoyed the movie, it has a runtime of about 145mins but I went into the theatre and it felt like the movie was about 20min long. I would encourage anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter series to not hesitate, and go watch this movie and not wait until it finally releases on DVD. Overall rating 9/10
Worst of the Harry Potter series. The biggest problem to me seems that they wanted to save money on effects and actors by spending endless amount of time shooting outdoor forest fly-by scenes instead of including side plots and more special effects. The movie has about 30 minutes of outdoor scenes which could be completely removed. Also, there's a scene where Harry and Hermione dance that is supposed to be poignant, but I found it endless and pointless. I can't remember the last time I saw a non-musical movie which included a complete song. Usually they are shortened to show the highlights and move the story along, but not Deathly Hallows. I'll definitely not be too worried about buying the extended DVD! I'd actually pay extra for a better edited version.
I missed out on seeing this at the cinemas, and although the experience would have been undeniably better if I had seen it there first as opposed to from my living room sofa, I'm kind of glad that I didn't bother. I have read the books and seen the other films countless times, and even the later, darker ones are still enchanting and heart-warming. This one, however left me completely cold. Most of the film is flat and dull, with none of the charm and detail of the book and as much as I usually love the actors, I didn't feel any connection to the characters. After all the hype and success of the other films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I was a big disappointment. I can only hope that Part II makes up for it.
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Yes, I am a fan of the Harry Potter series. I love it because Harry
Potter has always had substance and a storyline with twists and turns
to figure out as well as character development.
This one is by far not only the best acted, but also a gutsy move by the director, screenplay writer, and author J.K. Rowling. Never before would I think I would be going through a very bleak world chimed on by the mystical sounds that brought on the many funny moments of Hogwarts introduced in every Potter movie. The director had to choose when he made this movie and I felt he made the right one.
What was the choice? SPOILER ALERT-- The choice that was made was to put you in shoes of these three kids in a world gone wrong and let you feel the full emotional impact. Using things like a squelchy radio reporting all the deaths and things gone wrong in the wizarding world gave you such a withdrawn feeling that nothing is left out there for you.
The hopelessness that you feel is nothing any other post apocalyptic movie can touch. For this the movie is a complete success. The only other one that was close to giving me this feeling was the Road, but the Road didn't have 10 years and 6 movies built up to make you feel the intimacy you do with Weasley, Hermoine, and of course Harry.
Special effects (although there is still much of the brand in dueling wizards and witches as well as some chase scenes--one is even soaring above the clouds) and epic battles are sacrificed for minimalist moments of surviving in tents in undisclosed locations. The dance between Harry and Hermoine was unbelievable. It was brief and awkward, but for just a mere moment you saw the purity of children within, and how it was necessary for them to do such silly things to survive: to remember and not lose themselves.
Harry Potter has developed unbelievably. Not only is he more confident (no longer the kid with the glasses and the awkward smile), you really feel that he could be the champion of the story, and yet you still see how much pain and anguish he goes through. You feel his follies, you get the sense that he is utterly lost without Dumbledore. You see his anger that has culminated for the past six movies, and you see him breaking down.
Emma Watson as Hermoine Granger has peaked. She is showing some real acting chops in this movie. No longer is she the shrill, cracking voice, but now she has shown unbelievable conviction to her character and what she is going through.
Ronald Weasley of course plays a humorous role well, but he is not without his conflicts and there are some scenes that he really rises and shows that he is more than just a goofy red-headed kid you should always be laughing at. He too has his pains.
Spay special attention to Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. He has been given screen time only in chunks, but if you watch him closely, you'll see what a three dimensional villain he is. At first I felt they got him wrong. I expected an unstoppable force with tenacity in his calmness with the likes of Darth Vader, and now I realize that they nailed this villain so well. But he goes through his own pain and anguish in his hot pursuit of Potter and his claim to power. He too goes through a whirlwind of emotions.
This is an amazing movie. This not only has the special effects and action, but also the minimalist acting of art-house films. Try to take off the Harry Potter label and look at this movie just once. You'll see past the famous-infamous popularity of the franchise, and see a movie for what it really is.
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