Jonathan Andrew Sheen (leviathan0999) wrote,
Jonathan Andrew Sheen

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

So, last night at about 11:00 PM my BFF and I showed up at Cinema World, in Fitchburg, MA, to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

I can't really give many points to Cinema World. The 3-D glasses they were using were the heavy, expensive kind that you have to give back after the movie: No "Harry-Potter-Style" souvenirs for us! It wasn't too long a wait to get into the cinema, but, once there, the on-screen advertising was a cheap-looking, out-of-focus Microsoft Power-Point Presentation, with about a half-dozen lame generic trivia questions mixed in, also out of focus. (It didn't help that I was sitting in front of two guys who seemed to think that every question was "Which movie did you like best?" Rather than "Which movie did X, Y, or Z happen in?" And had to answer out loud, usually incorrectly, every single time the questions appeared.) Cinema World also loses points for starting the Midnight show at 12:25 AM. This was even more annoying since it had started on time in the next theater over, and we could hear the loud noises and rumbles of other fans enjoying the movie while we were still watching the sixth iteration of "Which Oliver Stone Movie Did Critics Call Dallas in Wonderland?"

As to the movie itself?

The 3D was excellent for "Post-Production 3D." It wasn't too dark, murky, or hard to see.

After the sprawling length of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, it was pretty amusing to realize that after an initial couple of scenes, the entire movie takes place over the course of a single, harrowing night. I really felt the runaway pace of it, and it was to the movie's great advantage.

There were a very few disappointments. As has been noted elsewhere, the R/Hr "full-on-snog" was let down considerably by consisting entirely of a long shot of the back of Rupert's head. I keep thinking, for all the awkwardness Rupert and Emma say they went through, it was all a waste: we could have seen the same shot without them laying a lip on one another. I also think we lost more than we gained by moving the kiss into the Chamber of Secrets, thereby losing "Is this the moment? Oi! There's a war going on here!" and Hermione's being motivated by Ron showing real concern for non-human magical beings.

I also felt the destruction of the Hufflepuf Horcrux was kind of a let-down. Second-Year Harry had to fight a simaculum of Young Tom Riddle to the death, and Ron had to face his deepest fears and insecurities. All Hermione had to do was take a deep breath. You've all seen my version of the trial the Horcrux puts her through, for a giggle or two, but [personal profile] thesteppyone wrote a great fic covering that Horcrux's destruction, and so did [personal profile] amythis; I feel like Kloves missed a huge opportunity in not doing the same.

Another huge loss to me was the return of Percy and death of Fred. Yes, Percy is there, in the background, with no lines, but JKR's scene, with Percy's joke and Fred literally dying laughing at it, was too good to lose. I hope it's in the DVD Extras.

Those complaints were minor, though, given the breathless, solemn, magnificent movie we were swept through, the headlong action and serious drama and lovely light moments, and amazing performances all around.

And, best of all, just like the book, if you stop before the Epilogue, it's the perfect Trio ending, Harry, Ron and Hermione standing together, facing their new life, hand-in-hand-in-hand.

It's actually pretty sad to realize that there will never again be a midnight premiere of a new Harry Potter movie. But the whole ten-year cycle went out on a wonderfully strong note.

All, as they say, is well.

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