Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
Part 1

More than any movie I've seen recently, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
Part 1
plays perfectly to the faithful--and very badly to everyone else. If you love either the books or the movies (or both), you will find this one a very good way to spend two and a half hours. If you're in neither camp, though, you'll end up bored, annoyed, and frustrated.

The same characteristics trigger both sets of reactions.

The movie is full of close-ups of the three young leads as they wrestle with their relationships with one another, the stresses of the bad guys chasing them, and their teenage angst. If you care about the characters already, you won't mind all these lengthy reaction shots; in fact, you'll rather like them. If you don't, however, you'll want to yell at the screen almost as much as all but the hardcore faithful did in the Star Trek films with the original cast.

Similarly, the film abounds with exotic, gorgeous location shots, which you'll find beautiful and entrancing if you love the saga--and beautiful but ultimately annoying if you don't. As Scott observed, it's almost as if they used every cool place in the book in an attempt to hide the fact that the plot doesn't progress very far at all.

I've read only the first two books, but I've seen and quite liked all the movies, so I thoroughly enjoyed this film and never checked my watch once. Others in our group, however, were bored within the first quarter hour. If you haven't already seen it, decide which camp is yours before you head to the theater.


Michelle said...

I am a Harry Potter devotee and loved the movie. My only complaint is that I have to wait to see Part II. Those in my camp have watched these young actors grow up, literally, and loved seeing their close ups. I am sure I will grieve when the last second of the credits of the last HP film is on the screen and I realize that my love affair is over.

steveburnett said...

The animated storytale sequence was nicely done, I thought.

Mark said...

I did enjoy it.


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