Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Most of you who wanted to see this movie more than likely already have. Those of you who didn’t want to….didn’t. But! Since I saw it in a theater, I’m gonna talk about it despite the fact that it probably won’t help in any decision making.

I wanted to go to the midnight showing of Harry Potter but I was leaving that same day to go visit my family. The five of us ended up seeing it together on the 16th of July. Am I sorry I waited? Not really. I got to see my mom get so in to the movie that after a pivotal moment she started clapping. I love when she does that. When we went to see Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and all the ghosts came off the boat she clapped so hard that everyone else in the theater quickly followed suit. If you haven’t seen LOTR:ROTK then I just ruined a major part of the movie for you. But my question is…why haven’t you seen it?

Okay, so, back to Harry. If the series had to end this was a good way to do it. I’ve read all the books and watched all the movies and would love to meet and chat with J.K. Rowling. It must be fun to be in her imagination. But I’d have to meet her more than once because I do NOT make a good first impression. I tend to be a bit of a dork. It’s true. Ask Armat. Oh wait. She’ll say I’m a dork most of the time. Never mind. But I digress.

Though the film didn’t stay true to the book the story was still good. One of the big changes from the book was that in the movie they flashed back and told more of the story of Snape and the reasons for some of the things he did. I loved it!!! Even though the books and movies lead you to dislike him I just couldn’t totally do it. He is played by Alan Rickman who I have thought for years is a very attractive hunka hunka man. He first came on my radar in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. My favorite line of his from that film? ”Because it’s dull, you twit! It’ll hurt more!” It’s playing through my head with a heavy British accent. I know I usually only laud the stars of the movies but I just had to talk about Alan first. Sadly, he’s not in this film as much as I’d like. He should be in more movies. Please?

If you’ve seen any of the seven previous H.P. movies then there is no need for me to go in to detail about the main actors. They are about the same in this movie as they were in the rest. Daniel Radcliffe does a good job as Harry. Emma Watson is still ever so cute as Hermione and Rupert Grint is still the lovable dork, Ron. Who were my favorite characters? Draco (yes, you read that correctly), Luna and Neville. Draco seems to finally be outgrowing some of the things he was taught as a child by his dad. Yes, he does do a couple bad things but by the end you see the man he has the chance of becoming. At least I did, anyway. Yea, Draco! Neville has been one of my favorites since the very first movie/book. You just know that things are going to work out for him. He caused the clapping mentioned earlier. Just an FYI. And I had to have been one of Luna’s biggest supporters. She’s odd and none of her peers really get her but she’s super likable too.

I sort of hated that the books had to get darker as they progressed but considering the subject matter it couldn’t have been all lollipops and rainbows. It does eventually lighten up but not until the very end. In this movie/book we lose several friends and experience the heartbreak with their families. Okay, maybe you didn’t but I tend to be a big softie when it comes to stuff like that. Even if it isn’t real. I wanted to climb in the screen with them and start hugging. And I was close to joining mom during her celebrations. What were my favorite scenes? I’ll try to sum up without giving much away. First, I love love loved the scene in which Mrs. Weasley protects her daughter, Jenny. That’s all I’ll say about that except that I just about came undone. This is one of those instances I’ve actually wanted to shout with laughter. How often can you say you’ve done that? Not much, I’m willing to wager. My second favorite is the big scene involving Neville. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen the movie but are going to, you’ll know as soon as it happens.

I felt about this series the way I felt about Lord of the Rings. I didn’t want to see either of them end. Is anything greatly missing in my life because there won’t be more? Nope. Because I own the DVDs!!!

The breakdown isn’t going to be very informative this time because I watched the movie with the person for whom I write this blog. Any chance of protecting her went out the window with the opening credits. But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

Cussing: There had to be at least a “bloody hell!” in there since Ron says it in several of the movies. Other than that I don’t recall there being much, if any.

Sex/Nudity: Ummmm…no. Even though there is violence it’s still aimed at younger generations.

Drinking/Drugs: Butter beer. Is that even alcoholic? I’m guessing not since they drink it as young children. Unless kids start drinking early at Hogwarts.

Violence: Definitely. It’s the most violent of all the H.P. movies. You do see blood but it’s not gory.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: There are a few. Or at least there should be for children. I won’t go on my rant in this post but if you want to know my views on movies that would/should scare children, please go here.

As stated earlier, this was a very good end to the series. I started to think that it would be nice to have a movie about H.P. and his friends as adults but Ms. Rowling pretty much wrapped that up for us. Anything further at this point would probably be a tad disappointing. I would recommend this movie for anyone who’s seen all the other movies. Don’t start with this one. Pleeeeease?

P.S. To those of you who refuse to watch the H.P. movies but have seen all the LOTR movies I, ever so politely, roll my eyes. There is wizardry and evil in both series and evil is eventually overcome at the end. The other similarity? I could have done without the ginormous spiders. Seriously!

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