Well, I finally saw the last Harry Potter movie and have very mixed feelings about it. Let me say, that I grew up with Harry. I used to look forward to the day that the new books would come out and once they did would spend all day reading it. With that said, it was very bittersweet for me when I was watching this last movie because it signified an end to something that took me away to a different magical world.
Well the movie definitely followed the general structure of the book. Obviously most of us have read the books prior to the movie which can be contradictory in how to judge the movie. This is because 1) We have high standards for how closely the movie will follow the book and 2) We know the plot and I presume have enjoyed it in the books and therefore already know we will enjoy the basic plot of the movie. While I think the movie definitely followed the plot, I also thought it followed it in the most basic sense. I didn’t sense much creativity with the movie. I also thought that it lost some of what made the book so good. It felt like there was no real explanation during Harry’s scene with Dumbledore and the final battle with Voldemort was absolutely terrible. There was no real dialogue between Harry and Voldemort and they were alone! In the book I had imagined Harry facing down his greatest foe in front of everyone he grew up with. It gave that final scene a sense of finality that the movie just lacked completely. I think most fans went to the movie to see what they had read and I think for the most part the movie delivers. Just don’t expect anything completely new or anything in-depth.
I thought this was where the movie really excelled. David Yates did a fantastic job directing the film. The style was unique and really captured the viewers attention. It reminded m a bit of the style used in The Dark Knight. This was probably the biggest postitive about the movie.
The characters in this movie felt real to me. It was another aspect that I really enjoyed. There were a few other negatives. First, I felt like this movie centered around Harry a bit too much. While, I am okay with that it took away focus from other central roles like Ron and Hermoine. I also felt like Voldemort had almost no role in this movie. Not only did I feel the final battle was terrible, but there was no real sense of fear for me.
Overall Grade: B
It was a good movie, but one that unless you are a huge Harry Potter fine like me, you can wait till it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray.