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Harder and harder to understand
I watched this film over the weekend without reading any reviews to hopefully have a clear mind. Unfortunately, I was still disappointed.
Starting with Prisoner of Azkaban, key plot points of history have either been severely underdeveloped at best if not mentioned at all. This film continues with that tradition with several of the key memories required for the set up of the next book as to where the horcruxes are or what they even look like are totally ignored. The plot with Snape being a death eater that would have be nice to have some set up in the previous films came totally out of nowhere.
Instead of having a story that makes sense we have one that jumps around all the time with often only a single line of explanation (if that much) leaving audiences confused.
I understand that in any book certain plot elements have to be cut, but instead of focusing on the main plot and cutting subplots we had the opposite. It turned what was supposed to be one of the darker films in the series to a light-hearted comedy with some darkness thrown in at the end.
I suppose the visuals and acting are meant to make up for it, but they do not serve to make up for the confusing story. You have to read the book to get anything close to the depth of what Voldemort is or to even understand the film. I wish they would have selected a different director for this film and the next one. With so many undeveloped plots remaining I am left to wonder how they will tie them all up.
Finally, Alan Rickman is a great actor, and I may be one of the few people to think so, but his portrayal of Snape throughout all the films has been disappointing. Whereas in the book Snape comes across as truly evil and emotional in the films he is just irritating. Harry's reasons for hating him are undermined or totally left out.
What would have taken maybe about another ten minutes or some slight alterations is instead given to pointless comedy. I wish when making these films and remember to focuses on the plot, not the subplot.