Saturday, July 30, 2011

The movie review. You know the one.

First of all, I want to be upfront about my blogging problem.  I’ve written several blogs.  I just keep not publishing them.  Mostly because I just stop thinking about it after its written.  Like this post, that I meant to post a long time ago.  Better late than never, I suppose.  I know the few of you who read this blog have been waiting for this one with baited breath.  Without further ado:harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2
It’s the end of an era.  I feel kinda sad, but also kinda relieved.  Midnight movies got less and less fun the older I got.  BUT, I did it.  I kept the tradition of the midnight movie alive.   Even though they made me do it 8 times instead of 7.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The initial non-spoilery review-
There was  a lot that was fantastic about this movie.  I had a few gripes, as there is want to be when watching a movie that is adapted from a book.  Its never the same.  But, you go in knowing that its never the same, and you have a good time anyway.  (Unless its Half Blood Prince.  And then you’re just mad.)  It was a really fun move on the whole.  I had a great time.
Spoilers Below-
First, the things I didn’t like:
Neville was the big upset, I think.  Not Neville himself, I should clarify.  I Red heart Neville.  It was just the adjustments they made to his story line took away some of the bravo.  He’s supposed to kill Nagini right in front of Voldemort, in an incredible act of bravery.  I enjoyed him standing up to Voldemort and I enjoyed him killing Nagini.  But, something was missing that these two things didn’t happen in the same scene.
Abeforth Dumbledore.  There just wasn’t enough of him.  Although, props for that patronus.
The whole horcrux story line bugged me.  But, to be fair, this I still blame on HBP.  (Man alive, that movie made me angry. )  Since so much of the background of that story line was missing, it just looked like they found all the horcruxes on accident.  All of the symbolism of the objects used was lost.  And that Ravenclaw thing was a disaster. 
The epilogue was creepy.  Creepy, creepy, creepy CGI’d old faces.  Creepy.  Also, I wish there had been more of the epilogue storyline.  Without the creepy.
The absence of Ginny in the storyline.  Oh wait, that was one of my complaints about the book too.
The things I DID like:
I’m just gonna start with the standoff between Harry and Tom.  I know a lot of people hated the way the movie did this, but I LOVED it.  I thought it was dynamic and interesting, and I loved the dialogue of it.  Harry: “Come on Tom….”
I enjoyed the battling at Hogwarts.  Some people complain that it drug on…  but its really long in the book, and this is the second movie made from this book.  If you went in thinking it wouldn’t be at least half of the movie, I think you went in with weird expectations.
The Ron and Hermione kiss.  Yes, yes, I know it didn’t happen just like it happened in the book.  BUT, it happened AWESOME anyway.
Molly.  Weasley.  Heck yeah.
Neville: “You and what army?”  Right?!?!
Like I said, on the whole I just really loved the movie.  It was a great way to go out.

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