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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I will keep the "2D vs. 3D" discussion on my earlier post, since I got some interesting comments there.

Overall, I think this will go down as my favorite Harry Potter film. There was so much to like about this one.

First of all, major kudos to Steve Kloves for adapting nearly all of these books to a screenplay. In the final installment especially, he knew what to leave in and what to leave out.

Some things that were different that I liked:

Luna's slightly more involved role in Harry's learning about the Diadem and talking to the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw

Harry told Ron and Hermione that he was going to the forest to die. After all they had been through together, I think they deserved to know that. And it spoke to how well they knew him that they did not try to stop him. Rather, Hermione wanted to go with him.

Other things I liked:

Dobby's tombstone, which I'd lamented in the first installment, was there first thing. I was glad to see that.

Although the film didn't get the chance to flesh out side stories of the other characters, I was glad to see them in the final battle. People like Madam Pomfrey, who hasn't had a line since "The Chamber of Secrets." Ditto Professor Sprout. Also, Percy and several of the students (I do miss Colin Creevy, though).

Voldemort's demise was pretty cool. It made sense that he should not die like anyone else, since his soul was so badly damaged. Also, the idea that he could feel when the Horcruxes were being destroyed worked well for the film.

But the single thing I liked best was the telling of Snape's back story. I knew with the film, it was going to be truncated, but the vital essence and emotion of the story was there. Also, yay for Alan Rickman's "instant facelift!"

There were a few things I did not like, and really, they are nit-picky compared to the overall brilliance of the film, IMO.

In order of appearance:

The conversation with Aberforth was totally different, and not necessarily an improvement. Harry told him about the Horcruxes. Perhaps it was a quick attempt to prove that Albus knew what he was doing, but it didn't work for me, and I liked that it was a secret just between the three friends.

Dumbledore's back story was almost entirely eliminated, although I totally get why this was necessary,

In the book, Harry said to Aberforth, "I'm going to keep going until I succeed - or I die. Don't think I don't know how this might end. I've known it for years." I thought this was important to reinforce the idea that Harry might not make it out alive.

They said nothing about evacutaing the underage students and giving the older ones the option of leaving, also.

After Harry told Ron and Hermione that he was going to die, he didn't hug Ron goodbye. I know the English are stoic, but come on!

Bellatrix's special effects demise. I know that a lot of the decisions were made to keep towards the PG end of the PG-13 rating. Goyle's death otherwise would have involved more screams as he was burned alive. But Bellatrix should have died just like anyone else. To do what they did took away a bit from Voldemort's death.

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There was one other person in costume - as Bellatrix, no less - and some kids with wands. Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera, my phone pictures are too dark.

I about froze during the first showing. I kept covering my cleavage with my hair, trying to get warm. ;)

As the people were walking out after the film, I said, "That's not how it really happened. This is all a lie. I'm still here, you see?" ;)

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mingbutterfly
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
~That's not how it really happened. This is all a lie. I'm still here, you see?~

Awwww, yay! :D Dear of you to reassure everyone that Bella will be bringin' crazy back for years to come ;)

I felt the same way, where part of the time I was like "wow, cool! that was an improvement" and part of the time I was like "what? that was inferior!"

I really, really missed Neville being even more BAMFey and telling Voldemort off, then killing the snake. But I guess in film canon killing the last horcrux meant killing Voldemort? Which doesn't make sense but whatevs.

I don't know if I was adequately compensated for this loss by the Draco/Voldemort Hug of Infinite Awkwardness, but it was close :D

What summarizes the good and bad for me is we've been following these characters for ten years, so we want everyone (even the baddies) to have a proper "moment of awesome" before it's over. I really enjoyed McGonagall and Luna's moments, for example :)

Agreed re: Bella's death but I guess anyone who's attached to a particular character is going to take issue with how the character is handled. But for the love of God, just show the good guys using the killing curse because they totally do.

Also the film was weirdly shippey in a way I didn't care about (except Neville/Luna which totally should've happened in the books). Like there was a lot of Harry/Voldemort. But I don't know any Harry/Voldemort shippers? I'm sure there are some, but I would have had a big stupid grin on my face if the following had been referenced instead: Snape/Harry, Harry/Draco (okay that was in there a bit), Sirius/Remus, Dumbledore/Grindelwald, Lucius/Narcissa being cute together OMG, Harry/Ginny being plausible together OMG, and Bellamort (okay that last one's a bit selfish but still ;))
bonnie_halfelvn
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Neville did kill the snake. That was actually another improvement, IMO. The killing of Voldemort in the book was so anticlimactic in comparison.

"Draco/Voldemort Hug of Infinite Awkwardness" LOL!

Somehow, I knew McGonagall would get a moment. It's fun that it was a humorous one for a character that was so serious most of the time.

I honestly don't think my attachment to Bellatrix has anything to do with my objection to how her death was rendered on film. Perhaps they thought she shouldn't be seen as human, since evil is often black and white in fantasy. But she was human and she was mortal. She hadn't done any black magic that would have altered her physicality, as Voldemort had. But as you suggest, perhaps it was to make Molly Weasley appear in a better light.

I think under the right circumstances, we are each capable of killing someone.

I agree about Neville/Luna. Two misfits who've come into their own. I know people ship a lot of strange combinations. I am not one of them. If I have to mentally rewrite the story to make a relationship happen, it's not plausible or in character, as far as I'm concerned. Harry and Voldemort have a connection, but I don't ship them. Harry and Snape had a very strange connection, and they certainly respected and had compassion for each other in the end.

Lack of chemistry between Bonnie and Dan/Emma and Rupert - big time. Sometimes even magic can't make it happen. ;) Mostly, I think it was a lack of maturity on their parts.

Bellamort - completely one-sided and worshipful. Out of character for Voldemort to love anyone. So I can't ship them, either.

Edited at 2011-07-17 05:56 pm (UTC)
mingbutterfly
Jul. 17th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
~I honestly don't think my attachment to Bellatrix has anything to do with my objection to how her death was rendered on film.~

Fair enough. I felt like I wouldn't possibly like everything they did with her because I had Opinions, so I just let it go :)

~Bellamort - completely one-sided and worshipful. Out of character for Voldemort to love anyone. So I can't ship them, either.~

To quote wicked_visions, what does it say about me that I love this ship so much? LOL. I can totally ship them but not in a healthy, two-sided, happy kind of way--more in a totally unhealthy, twisted kind of way. Ah, fandom! Yay.
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bonnie_halfelvn
Jul. 17th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's propaganda. All of it! ;D
crownroyal_51
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
I just saw the movie this afternoon and I was surprised that Harry didn't repair his old wand like he did in the book. It would have been so easy to have him do that before he broke the Elder wand in half and tossed it away.
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