OK, here is my official Harry Potter movie review.
In a nutshell, I loved it.
Thank you! Good night!
Ha, just kidding. I have tons to say about a movie a took a whole day off for, and loved so much that I have already arranged for a babysitter so that Danielle and I can take our husbands back to see the IMAX 3D version this Thursday.
First, you need to understand that OOTP is my least favorite book of the series. Mainly because Harry is so whiny throughout the whole thing. And I find it annoying that he is so pivotal to the adult wizards but they never tell him anything (mostly what he is whining about, but STILL). And while I realize the fact that Harry is a big fat brat only hearkens back to my earlier point of how I love that J.K. Rowling has evolved the series to match the age of her main character, heaven help me when Declan turns 15 because I can tell that is going to be a rough year for us.
So, somehow they have taken my least favorite book of the series and turned it into quite possibly my most favorite movie of the series. For many reasons.
– The story is so compelling. And maybe this one has always been more suited to the big screen. I am wondering if some of the mixed reviews are from people who have not read the book? Because I could see that it might be hard to follow if you didn’t know the story. JK writes intricate stuff, especially in the later, 900 page books, but, personally, I really appreciated what they cut and what they didn’t. And yes, there were a few things that didn’t follow the books strictly – but hello! How else can they make it fit? And in fact, the movies, to me, make things even clearer in my head.
– It was dark and brooding and edgy. It had a bit of a Empire Strikes Back feel to it, good versus evil, and we’re building up to a big whopping crescendo of a fight. Along those lines, I must take a sidestep to complain about parents who bring children to these sorts of movies. Are they out of their bleeding minds? We went to the 9:50am show, the theater was nearly full, and I distinctly saw and heard several children that were Declan’s age. DECLAN’S AGE. I promise you, Declan will not be seeing this movie will he is closer to 12. It’s not rated PG-13 for nothing, people! OK, done ranting. I’ll just leave it with this: This is NOT a movie for young children.
– The effects were amazing. Especially the final fight scene, which is the one they have turned into 3D for the IMAX version, which is the main reason I want to see it again. That 20 minutes alone was worth the price of admission. The only CGI stumble was the giant, Grawp. He wasn’t done very well special effects-wise (did they run out of time, or what?)… but then again, I never cared for the giants-angle in the book anyway.
– The acting was awesome. Daniel Radcliffe is coming into his own. Maybe hanging out with horses is good for the boy. Emma Watson still leaves very much to be desired (sorry, Teri) but I have to admit, even she has improved. All the returning characters who are such superb actors delivered their usual best: Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith… And the new kids on the block were wonderful choices. Newcommer Evanna Lynch played Luna Lovegood just the way I wanted to see her… and even though she only had about 3 lines, Helena Bonham Carter was amazing as Bellatrix Lestrange… But the grandmamma of them all was Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge. I knew as soon as they announced it that she was perfect for that role and I was right. Hrmm, Hrmm. Just perfect.
So. Can you tell I liked it yet?
Go see it and find out for yourself.
Oh, and as for the Deathly Hallows book release next week? I am really hoping that Harry does not die, but I have a feeling that he does. But not before he and Ginny get married. Hopefully Ron and Hermione finally hook up but good. Sirius is not dead and comes back (which would make Harry dying all the more tragic). Dumbledore is not dead either and was fake killed by Snape who is really a good guy after all. Danielle (and several of you guys) think Hagrid is going to die, and I tend to agree. I also agree that Snape will sacrifice himself for Harry in the end.
Oh, and as we were walking out of the theater, we overheard someone behind us come up with the most perfect possible ending for the books I have ever heard:
Harry becomes the new Dark Arts teacher.