Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I certainly created much excitement Thursday night, and needless to say, I printed out my tickets that I bought months ago and headed to Regal Fenway at 11:30 p.m.
Midnight approached… 12:01… 12:02… 12:03… 12:04… and finally, 12:05! Harrrryyyyyy Pottteeeerrrrrrr began.
Let me jump ahead and say, I absolutely LOVED the 7th movie. No matter what the anti-HP-movie crowd believes, HP movies are just as great as the books.
Honestly, it’s impossible to compare the books to the movies. If David Yates (HP7 Director) included every single detail in the book, we would have to watch a 10-hour movie, or a 5-part series. The way movies cut out certain plot lines and emphasize important ones that keep the story flowing smoothly both visually and artistically tells the journey of Harry Potter perfectly. Sure, I want to see Harry struggling to choose between the Horcruxes and Deathly Hallows, but I also want the movie to keep moving.
*Disclaimer: I do agree, however, with those who say the first two movies are not up to par. Sorry, Christopher Columbus, but Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets just do not compare to the greatness of Prisoners of Azkaban and on.
The illustration of the Deathly Hallows tale told by Xenophilius Lovegood takes the crown of my favorite part of the movie. The wand, the invisibility cloak and the resurrection stone. You cannot take your eyes off the cartoon images – but not quite, because they are skeletons – and their movements up and down the screen.
Another factor that makes this movie amazing? The casting. We all know already Helena Bonham Carter plays the part of Bellatrix Lestrange almost too well. She is deliciously evil and vicious. She makes you cringe. She is the perfect Bellatrix.
Ralph Fiennes, Lord Voldemort, is also perfect for his role. Especially when he says “Nagini, dinner,” he is Voldemort at his finest. His tone, facial expression and gesture portray everything evil.
The ending point of Part 1 is also well-chosen. Clearly the crew thought this out very carefully. It is a turning point in the story, and it makes you want to watch the Part 2 ASAP.
For the next movie, I am hearing it may come out in 3-D. Hmm… Not sure if I am a fan of the idea to be honest. The last half (or rather, 2/5) of the Deathly Hallows will be action-packed. There will be fights, spells and deaths. But 3-D, really? Selfish part of me also doesn’t want to pay the extra $5 to see the supposed “popping out action.” We get plenty of movements in the movie itself, so why is it necessary for us to watch it in 3-D? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
If you haven’t seen the Deathly Hallows Part 1 yet, what are you doing? Go watch!