Saturday, February 04, 2012

Last Harry Potter movie

I was working on the red carpet post and while I thought I'd saved my work, the next time I opened the post those edits were gone. Wahh!!!! That should teach me to copy the work before closing it down and re-opening it. I'll have to go back and re-do a fair amount of work so I won't be able to get the red carpet post up until Monday or maybe Tuesday. We're out tomorrow evening to watch the Superbowl.

Tonight we finally got around to watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 and we didn't love it as much as most other people did. Maybe if we'd seen this movie in sequence with the other ones we might have enjoyed it more - but we think that each movie in the series should stand on its own. It wasn't even that this movie doesn't stand on its own: it picks up right where the last one left off with no reminders about what happened in the previous movie. We were lost because we couldn't remember what happened in the last movie.

We liked that the movie tied up loose ends but we weren't impressed with the story itself or the action. We had problems with the battle scenes in particular because we couldn't understand why certain things were happening. For example, why were giants there? Who got to do the flying thing? Where did those other people come from? I don't know. Maybe if we'd seen the other movies recently, all of these things would make sense. I think they're explained in the books but bringing in the end result without explaining how it got to be there isn't a good book-to-movie adaptation.

If you've seen all of the other Harry Potter movies and need to finish the movie experience, you'll want to see this movie. If you want to see a movie just for fun, this isn't a good choice.

1 comment:

Ruby said...

I can't remember if you have read the books or not, but I agree that the movies don't always make sense without certain details. The final battle was confusing, even to a self-proclaimed HP encyclopedia like myself.

The giants and other creatures had been there because both sides had tried to recruit them. In the 5th book/movie Hagrid had brought home his giant half brother, which alluded to him meeting and bribing the giants to joining Dumbledore's side. They did this with werewolves and goblins as well. The movies has chosen not to mention the political side of the war because of the potential dryness, as well as time restraints (probably).

I am not sure which part of the flying you are talking about, but anything I can remember came out of left field. Voldemort and Harry's battle didn't happen that way, and the Death Eaters were just taught to fly at some point in the summer.

I have reached a point where I believe that movies adapted from books either need to be incredibly faithful and run the risk of being boring, or completely change the details and keep the essence of the story. It seems as those writers and directors try to do both. It usually doesn't work.