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Just got home from a FREE preview screening of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

It was a Harry Potter film. No more, no less.

Seriously, I disliked the way this series ended SO much. But I did think the movie improved upon the book in a few ways.

The biggest is, MORE NEVILLE!

He is a BAMF in this movie.

And he's adorable.

Seriously, I want one.

OH, and it's not worth seeing it in 3-D. There was nothing added to the film with 3D. And, I'm pretty sure it was not shot in 3D originally.


Things I liked:

It just STARTS! There's about 30 seconds of "previously on Harry Potter" and then they are sneaking into Gringots. Not a lot of down time in this movie. Makes the 130 minutes go by fast.

BAMF NEVILLE!!!!!!!!! The *new* sequence (or, at least, I think it's new, I can't remember it from the books) totally makes up for him not getting to kill Bellatrix (though they didn't play up how evil she really was in the movie, in the book Rowling never let us or Neville forget that Bellatrix tortured his parents into madness)

The battle sequences - very well done. I think Neville's role was increased to give us a character to focus on since R/H/H were elsewhere.

Snape's death - not that I liked him dying, but I felt Nagini's attack was very visceral and malicious, something we hadn't really seen much of in the films. This would be a part I would not let a young child see, even off screen it was upsettting.

I think a lot of the story worked better on film than in the book, especially the Voldemort/Harry battle sequence at the end. In the book, I just sorta remember *zap* you're dead, I win! But this has some great fighting and wand stuff. More epic.

McGonigal - she was also a badass, even if she was barely in the movie. Maggie Smith is awesome. (And I think she was sick when they were fliming this? Is that right? Undergoing treatment for something? Yet she still was like "zap zap* take that Snape!

They downplayed the Nazi metaphor a bit -- it was pretty heavy handed in the last movie so I was surprised it wasn't in this as much...but I didn't really miss it.

Things I did not like:

The Matrix/White Room/Dumbledore the White - this sequence was still just as cheesy on film as in the book. And SEEING Dumbledore dressed in white robes, all pale, just was too Gandalf for me not to roll my eyes.

Smoothing out Snape's skin for the flashbacks - this effect is always distracting to me. And I swear at one point they smoothed so much, Alan Rickman's eye was in the wrong spot! Again, distracting.

And WHY WHY WHY DID THEY INCLUDE THE 19 YEARS LATER??? That shit was just CREEPY! And how pissed is Rupert Grint? Daniel looks distinguished, Emma still neat and tidy, and he's HOMER SIMPSON! *facepalm* The whole aging-up effect was just weird and upsetting...and that is on top of a sequence that I still find weird and upsetting.

Not addressing the whole Slytherin issue (this always bugged me in the book since the inference is made that they are ALL EVIL except for Snape and Malfoy.) I would have liked for them to have shown that your good/bad-ness was not based on your house.

GAH! Just lost power for a few minutes there, long enough for me to run around and unplug everything then have it turn back on. Thought I'd lost this post but autosave WINS the day. But now my brain is completely done thinking about HP and more in the "Wow, hope that didn't fry anything"

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Date: 2011-07-12 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sorry the movie wasn't overwhelming for you. The 19 years later... Oh boy. I'm really surprised that they have put that in the movie, and the aging effects sound kind of least in Rupert Grint's case.

The Slytherin issue has always bothered me a bit too. :(

I'm glad that they handled Snape's death well at least (everything regarding Snape is very important to me), and that Neville and McGonagall get to be badass! Is Creature's tale in the movie version?

I'm both excited and sad to see the movie! Also, a bit scared even. Heh.

(no subject)

Date: 2011-07-12 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nope, no Creature. Curious to hear your thoughts on the movie since you're a bigger HP fan than I am. I enjoyed the first few books but as they got longer, I started to lose interest and I was very disappointed in the ending. I think Rowling suffered from the same issues Lucas did - yeah, I'm sure she had the ending planned out in advance, but fans had too much time to think of *better* endings.

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Date: 2011-07-12 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
WHAT?! Why wouldn't they just make Ron age like the average person head does?! Either hair gets lighter or hair gets darker, they style themselves differently and maybe have some sort of story told by how well he's dressed?! AHHHHH!!!

So happy to hear about Neville, he just got the shaft as far as a complete storyline goes.

Yesx50 to JKR not knowing how to write a compelling action sequence, but maybe movies will always kick that ass.

Yay to less SS/informants/etcetc, it was really ruining an otherwise fun ride.

I just say fffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! to white room sequences.
I am so glad that someone else agrees with me on Harry Potter. I mean, it was a fine book series, really enjoyable and good for young adult, but not the best story ever told. And then it turned into this spoogefest of LOOK HOW DARK I AM.

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Date: 2011-07-12 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Definitely not the best story every told and not even the best YA series out there. I'll give Rowling credit for making fantasy mainstream again, especially for adult readers. I think it paved the way for The Hunger Games, which IS the best thing ever (just kidding, it's not but it's well written and Collins didn't go all squishy at the end which is one of my BIGGEST issues with HP7...)

Someone mentioned the Ron/Hermione kiss on tumblr and I was like "oh yeah, forgot they kissed" - it's really a very forgettable moment. Actually, the whole movie is pretty forgettable - no real standout moments or quotes. *le sigh* this has been a disappointing summer for movies.

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Date: 2011-07-13 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I need to look into more YA, so I'll definitely check Hunger Games out. Though when I added it to my Amazon wishlist (aka my read list) it recommended me the Casandra Clare series, this frightens me. How would you rate it compared to His Dark Materials, which I have such a hard on for?

Is there anything anywhere near as cool as the Deathly Hallows story telling scene from the first one? Maybe I'm a weirdo, but I would watch every children's movie ever if it was done like that.

(no subject)

Date: 2011-07-13 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I could not even FINISH Cassandra Claire's books. Just, blah. So cliche. 'Hunger Games' is pretty badass, though it doesn't have the religious stuff of Dark Materials. BUT Suzanne Collins' father fought in Vietnam and she has a fascination with war and its effects on young adults and children. The Hunger Games series has a pretty great arc that starts out as this book about a surviving this twisted life or death game but ends up being about so much more.

OMG READ BEAUTY QUEENS BY LIBBA BRAY! YOU WILL LOVE IT! It is LOLtastic but really really smart.

Sadly, no cool animation scenes in HP7:2 - I know what you mean, watching that sequence made me want to watch Coraline. :)

(no subject)

Date: 2011-07-15 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All this post (and the comments) have done is make me want to re-read Hunger Games x)

Just got back from seeing the movie and.. yeah, it was okay. I don't even have any real thoughts about it, other than "it was okay", lol. Well, there are a few nitpicky things, but it's mostly stuff I don't like about the story, which really has nothing to do with the movie itself.

Oh, and our whole theater groaned when the "19 years later" slide came up xD

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Date: 2011-07-15 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, if the midnight show groans at '19 years later' you know it was a mistake. The movie was good in the sense that it made the 2 hours go by very quickly, but I could not recall a single stand-out moment or quote, apart from Neville's speech and then badass finale moment. No really funny lines. I just hope we see all of these actors again in GOOD movies.

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