Escape to the Movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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I think they pulled it off -really- well, the movies got darker as they went along, and for when we were youngings(most of us, I assume) it slowly went brighter to darker and it made way more sense to us because we grew older as the movies grew older as well.

I feel like they gave it to Toy Story treatment with the age thing.

I ended up watching this, even though im on the final book of the series and am going to see it next weekend, and im grateful that you didn't even really talk about the story much, which I appreciate.

As to the War on Japan, I am assuming it has something to do with Whale Wars on Animal Planet where a bunch of self righteous idiots try and disrupt and stop, Japanese Whaling ships from... well Whaling.....

When I watch it, I am always cheering on the Whalers and when they sank that stupid boat I was jumping up and down before I started writing thank you cards to the Japanese Whalers for being total badass. I can't wait until the new season comes out, Maybe the Whalers can sink their other boat too, it would end the series nicely.

so, its like what Percy Jackson could have been, in stead of turning hades from the nice guy king of the under world into a slimy git?

arc1991:

Is it just me, or in the first 2 films, the set was nice and bright and cheery...then in number 3 the movie turned Emo and really liked black?

They were eleven and twelve in Harry Potter 1 and 2. They're teenagers thereafter. Hmmm....

Jin-Roh:

TheTygre:

j0frenzy:
1) What channel is trying to declare war on Japan? I seemed to have missed something.

Swaki:
what's with the cable network declaring war on japan? i dont follow American or even Danish tv but from what popculture reference i have gathered over the years i would guess that those guys are either some green group or the cast of the deadliest catch, and i dont see how either could start a war.

Looks like something with that stupid Whale Wars show. I'm more or less against whaling, and even I think these guys are assholes. I'd just ignore them; Green Trolls are green and trolls.

"Green Trolls"
No more like eco-terrorism....

Hold your tongue, ser! The 'Whale Warriors' just serve to be whiny, attention-begging nuisances. (Seriously, what did they think the whalers would do? They're trying to spoil their product, block their routes, and pirate their ship. Did they think the whalers would just sit back and let that happen?) Eco-terrorists at least gave us Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Good game, great game, helluva game.

After watching this review, I think I might change my mind and go see Deathly Hallows.

T0RD:

Stabby Joe:
I have yet to watch a single Harry Potter film so far, and you know what, I intend to keep it that way. I just really can't take it seriously.. wizard school!?

How else would you become a wizard? Is it so laughable?
If I wanted to be a lawyer I'd go to law school...

Indeed. After all, it's not like the Harry Potter novels are the only series to have an educational establishment geared solely for wizards. In another universe, Harry and friends would probably be attending the Unseen University.

Slimshad:
Harry potter getting an oscar? Not too far fetched, considering the awards the book has gotten. Definitely watching this one, since I was so disappointed by the last couple.

I didnt mind the 5th one, but the 6th one was terrible. Not to bad with the effects but the actual telling of the story was poor. I was wary of the 7th one but its a tradition for me to go watch it, so both me and my partner went, and were definitely most impressed and thrilled with this movie. Definitely the best out of ALL the Potter movies so far, and keeps to the book extraordinarily well. Loved all the features, fantastic graphics and effects. Hope the 2nd part is even better =)

seen it twice now, loved it both times
I agree that by the end there will be oscars
(it's what they did with lord of the rings)

Aiddon:
I didn't give a damn about Rowling trying to make me feel anything other than annoyed at a substantial body count, so I'm not going to see it done as a MOVIE. Seriously, it's like she threw darts at a board to see who died so she could go "Isn't it just HEART-WRENCHING!!?!? It's so SAD!". No Rowling, it's freaking JUVENILE.

TOTALLY agree! wtf happened to the whimsical magical adventures they used to have back in the first few books!? why the hell is HP turning into Twilight?!!?!?! and why does JK Rowling suddenly hate all of her characters so much! thanks for killing off part of my childhood, jerk!

RickRoll:

Aiddon:
I didn't give a damn about Rowling trying to make me feel anything other than annoyed at a substantial body count, so I'm not going to see it done as a MOVIE. Seriously, it's like she threw darts at a board to see who died so she could go "Isn't it just HEART-WRENCHING!!?!? It's so SAD!". No Rowling, it's freaking JUVENILE.

TOTALLY agree! wtf happened to the whimsical magical adventures they used to have back in the first few books!? why the hell is HP turning into Twilight?!!?!?! and why does JK Rowling suddenly hate all of her characters so much! thanks for killing off part of my childhood, jerk!

Because everything has to be "grim" to be interesting, mature, etc, etc. It's a bad habit that plagues pop culture.

It was sad, but I never had a huge problem with all the character deaths. Really, I think the bad habitat actually is preserving all of the main characters and just killing off supporting roles. It's a freakin' war; people die, important or not, and I left sad but satisfied that the costs were accurately represented.

MovieBob:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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I think where a lot of people will find disappointment in this film is not with the change of tone (darker) or pace (slower) themselves. I think it's with the scope (narrower). As you mentioned, there's no more of the day-to-day Hogwart's rigamarole... because there is no more Hogwarts in the film. You don't see any of the professors (save Snape), classrooms, quidditch, any of it.

You also see fewer characters and far fewer points of view. Gone is the sense of omniscience on the part of the audience (with the exception of some table talk amongst the Death Eaters, and some of Potter's mysterious visions). You know what the "big three" know, and nothing more.

It's like you'd spent the past six movies enjoying a lavish buffet from which you could sample any of a dozen novel snacks, and then someone comes in, takes it all away, and hands you a bowl of potato soup, a roll, and an old wooden spoon.

This can seem like a detriment to the film (and some will undoubtedly see it as such), if you fail to consider that this drives home the emotional point of this movie. You aren't a viewer anymore. You're part of the "big three," the invisible fourth. What is mysterious to them is mysterious to you because you are them. The luxury and variety to which you are accustomed has been taken away because theirs was, too, and you are them.

My only issue with the movie is:

I'd be interested in seeing if people who didn't read the books still enjoy the films. I liked it myself, but it still felt very...choppy to me, like they'd taken the scenes from the books and just pushed them in, but without really building them up properly, or explaining why something has happened, which makes it seen completely random.

So - has anyone here seen the films, but not read the books?

And also, what was up with that dancing?

dastardly:

My only issue with the movie is:

Personally, I found myself crying at the end; I thought it was quite touching. Yes, granted, the character you mentioned didn't get a lot of screen time, but that rousing speech made up for it, in my opinion. I didn't think it was weak at all.

lordofthenight:

And also, what was up with that dancing?

That's gonna be a real YMMV moment, but I kinda liked it. It helps convey the sense of hopeless despair of the characters in that Harry's most valiant (if awkward) attempt to add any enjoyment quickly dissolves into a reminder of their dismal situation. Also, the fact that they carry off the entire scene without any dialogue is a testament to how the actors have matured over the years.

Stabby Joe:
I have yet to watch a single Harry Potter film so far, and you know what, I intend to keep it that way. I just really can't take it seriously.. wizard school!?

This here is a video game website, we take our wizard schools very seriously sir. :P

On an entirely unrelated note: How the hell does Ron get to be Batman! I get that Harry= Christ figure = Superman, and Hermione = The girl one = Wonder Woman, but Ron is, at best, Matter-Eater-Lad.

Tormuse:

dastardly:

[quote="lordofthenight" post="6.245768.9118600"]
And also, what was up with that dancing?

That's gonna be a real YMMV moment, but I kinda liked it. It helps convey the sense of hopeless despair of the characters in that Harry's most valiant (if awkward) attempt to add any enjoyment quickly dissolves into a reminder of their dismal situation. Also, the fact that they carry off the entire scene without any dialogue is a testament to how the actors have matured over the years.

I absolutely agree with this. They needed a way to break the somber tone and resume the search, and any attempt at dialog would have fallen fall short of Harry's kinda awkward and goofy but still touching gesture.

Aiddon:

RickRoll:

Aiddon:
I didn't give a damn about Rowling trying to make me feel anything other than annoyed at a substantial body count, so I'm not going to see it done as a MOVIE. Seriously, it's like she threw darts at a board to see who died so she could go "Isn't it just HEART-WRENCHING!!?!? It's so SAD!". No Rowling, it's freaking JUVENILE.

TOTALLY agree! wtf happened to the whimsical magical adventures they used to have back in the first few books!? why the hell is HP turning into Twilight?!!?!?! and why does JK Rowling suddenly hate all of her characters so much! thanks for killing off part of my childhood, jerk!

Because everything has to be "grim" to be interesting, mature, etc, etc. It's a bad habit that plagues pop culture.

Erm...the books STARTED grim. Harry's an orphan because his parents were murdered by a man so vile and fearsome no one would say his name. And Harry doesn't even have a happy home after that, hes emotionally abused and neglected, he lives in a cupboard for Pete's sake.

The whimsical magical adventures they had in the first few books?

You mean stopping an evil wizard (a dude that murders unicorns and drinks their blood) from accomplishing eternal life?

Fighting a giant snake that was trying to murder students and also dealing with the ghost of said evil wizard that was sucking the life force out of a young girl to regain life?

Dealing with an escaped convict that was stalking the grounds of Hogwarts out for blood?

I'm not too fond of her death count in the last couple books, but I don't hold them against her. I save that distinction for Joss Whedon. I mean it was pretty much established when this series started that it was building up to something, and that something was not a group hug.

No way Ron is Batman

I was actually aprehensive about seeing this film thinking it may be a waste of money, but it was damn good. Very grim and dark for what started out as a kids story and certainly didn't feel rushed. However, there were too many LotR rip-offs that were painfully apparent and made it seem rather unoriginal in some aspects, such as the box-thing-around-neck having the same effect as the Ring, and the item given to Ron being almost identical in terms of light to the item given to Frodo etc. Still a good film though.

I'm really not a fan of the idea that movies need to get darker and darker with each sequel but it works here. I love the scenes where Ron is slowly loosing grip as they continue to hear the names of dead wizards on the radio.

I just watched this and WOW!! I was surprised. Because, despite what everyone else was telling me, I was incredibly bored. I have read all the books five times each & love the early films. BUT I hated this. Literally nothing happened; and the action was unremarkable when it actually started.

I don't remember the book being this boring, and that's because IT DIDN'T CUT OFF 1/2 WAY THROUGH!!

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