Monday, July 18, 2011

HP: Deathly Hallows part 2: A Review


Last Thursday, we geared up. I wore my Gryffindor house vest and my Luna Lovegood radish earrings, along with other ordinary things. I was ready for what I would hope to be the epic conclusion to the saga that had captivated me since I was a teen. This was the first time for Tash and I to go to a midnight premiere of anything.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It was a long night. We stood in the wrong line for hours (totally my fault) and were stuck, yet again, with seats in the front. It was okay though. The IMAX screen was huge. I could feel the sound vibrating through the entire theater as many people were struck by the intensity of the base. There were some okay, kind of cute trailers. A lot of people started clapping and I thought the movie was going to start but the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises premiered. I was not expecting it. We hadn't seen much of promotional material for the movie, so it was a thrill to watch. I loved the bright white light and the camera's ascension over what looked like buildings. It says a lot about what the character will go through without ever needing to see Batman. He was the there, too, doing push-ups. What looked like Jim Gordon was talking from a hospital bed. I couldn't understand much of what he was saying but that's all right. They didn't show any shots of Catwoman, which is something I'm anxious about. Anne Hathaway is a nice, happy girl with a big smile and laugh that remind me of Julia Roberts... not of Catwoman.

Anyway, I'm getting too off topic.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 picks up right where the first half of the film leaves off. Voldemort has broken in to Dumbledore's tomb and is now possessor of the Elder Wand. The trio is still at Shell Cottage, figuring out their next plan of attack in order to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. This was a bit of a bother.

In the book, Harry has more of a struggle trying to figure out if he would rather chase after Horcruxes or search for the Deathly Hallows. Hallows or Horcruxes. In the movie, Harry rather has an exact idea of what he needs to do. He needs to kill the remaining Horcruxes. The entire movie felt like a dash to the finish line. Everyone knew their parts, a lot of really good lines were read, but it needed more emphasis on what Harry was undertaking and the enormity of the fact that he was going to sacrifice himself for the greater good. A huge chunk of time was spent on the Battle of Hogwarts and rightly so. I think it would have been even better to see more from the Order fighting to survive. I loved seeing the giants and the giant spiders.

I LOVED Snape's death scene. When he told Harry to look into his eyes, I started tearing up. I, also, loved the King's Cross sequence, Lily Potter's line, "Always," was the second time I started to cry, Hermione as Bellatrix was hilarious, and Molly Weasley's infamous line, "Not my daughter, you b!tch," was spot on. This was a good movie. I wondered if I hadn't read the books, would I enjoy it even more or maybe if I had gone to one of the matinees that were re-showing Part 1 before Part 2.  Part 1 is a lot of "rise" and Part 2 is a lot of "fall," as ends get woven in and the series finally concludes. I was exhilarated with a bit of a sense of loss when the movie was over. It was bound to happen. 

Harry Potter did a lot of maturing throughout the series, so did I and so did the many other people who grew up with the character. He could never get his family back after Voldemort killed them, but he started a new family. He has a family of friends and of admirers. He has a wife and children. I love this character. I love what he represents. Despite any darkness in the world, he was hope. He struggled with his role. He did not have any easy life. That's what makes his story's ending so great. It's what makes people cheer for him. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 gets five stars. Go out and see it if you haven't or go see it again. It's great.


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