Okay people – you had to know it was coming. Yes that’s right, last week I finally went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Now while I have been known to give JK Rowling a bit of a rough time, I am a fan of the Harry Potter series, while I don’t agree with all aspects of the books, or the movies for that matter (occulo repairo… really? and if the Dementors are not a straight up copy of the Ringwraiths I will give it away – but I digress) I think that what she has done to get young people reading in phenomenal.
As usual I will try not to give to much away, but if you are planning on seeing the movie and don’t want to know anything about it there will be some spoilers included here so you probably should click away now, but come on, hasn’t everyone read the books? I am guessing that you already know how it ends.
For the same reasons I am not going to give you a detailed synopsis. But here is the brief version: Harry, Ron and Hermione search for and destroy Horcruxes. Final battle takes place at the school – Voldemort + Death Eaters vs Harry + teachers + students. The End.
Overall, I have to say I enjoyed the film. If you are fan of the movies there are lots of long panning shots filled with familiar faces, which you will love. And all in all I think this movie was a fitting finish to the series. The action scenes were impressive and the survival of a particular character played better in the movie than it did in the book.
Okay, so now onto my gripes with the film.
Gripe #1 – it dragged! I don’t know if it is simply because they split this book into two movies and therefore they had more time for long those long panning shots, or if it was just because I desperately needed to use the little girls room (I really shouldn’t drink diet coke at the movies) but this movie felt like it went for about 4 hrs. I must have checked my watch a hundred times.
Gripe # 2 – It was really not a kids movie. There were a couple of scenes in this film that had me cringing. I certainly would not have been comfortable taking any kid under the age of 10 to see it (and even over that age if they are a bit squeamish).
Gripe # 3 – And this is the big one. They included the epilogue. I won’t repeat all of my problems with the final words of the Harry Potter books, you can read them here. I had hoped that they would leave it out (after all we have all read the book) but no it was there, larger than life. So why did I hate it so much? Well the epilogue is set 19 yrs after the end of the story which makes the main characters approx. 37. Did they look 37? No they looked like 22 yr olds playing dress-up (surely with the wonders of CGI they could have added some wrinkles or something). Also, I think that the scene before the epilogue provided a perfect end to the series, it was poignant and emotional (i even shed a tear) and then the epilogue ruined it!
(oh and a mini gripe – their was so little sexual tension in the kiss between Harry and Ginny that they would have been better off leaving it on the cutting room floor!)
In conclusion I give this movie 3 1/2 stars. It was good, but mostly because it was
the end of a classic series, with characters we know and love.
Did you know? That both Griphook and Prof Flitwick were played by the fantastic Warwick Davis (think Willow). Imagine the honour of being in two of the most incredible series ever to grace the big screen – Harry Potter and Star Wars!
Have you seen it? Did you like it? Did you agree that it was overly violent? Did you like the epilogue? Would love to hear your thoughts.