Lowcountry movie night: By Justin Peterson
When it comes to the last chapter in the Harry Potter saga, I can't say I was overly impressed, but it was not bad either. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the eighth and final movie in the successful Potter franchise. Not only has the series brought in the cash, but the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes has given it an overwhelmingly positive 97% rating.
To be honest I enjoyed the movie overall, but it did leave me wanting more from the final battle. This seems to be typical of most highly anticipated movie series finales like Spiderman or The Matrix. It seems almost impossible for these long awaited films to live up to the hype and please everyone.
Overall movie experience:
I ended up seeing the movie at Northwoods Stadium 13 across the street from Northwoods Mall, which I have not been to in years. I am happy to say the theater's recent makeover was very impressive. Also the tickets seemed to be cheaper, and it was not as crowded.
Once again, I decided to go with the 3D version of the movie, which I felt paid off. When it comes to 3D movies, I think of the movie popping out at the audience. There was some of that, but I noticed the filmmakers mostly used the 3D to give the appearance of more depth on the screen.
Previously, I expected that more theaters would switch to HD projectors due to the popularity of HD in the consumer market. But, I think a movie done well in 3D gives the picture just as good of an enhancement as seeing an HD movie at home. Plus, the Harry Potter styled 3D glasses were also a fun addition to the experience.
Finally, getting a sneak peak at the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises and the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn were also nice surprises.
Now, I can't say I started out a Harry Potter fan when the first movie came out 10 years ago. In fact, my first Potter film was Order of the Phoenix which came out in 2007. After that, I was able to catch up on the rest of the series on DVD and Bluray with Prisoner of Azkaban still being my favorite.
The last few Potter films suffered from what I saw was too much build up and very little action at the end. But, it is a good thing Deathly Hallows: Part 2 does not follow this same trend.
The movie was engaging throughout, offering several dazzling action sequences. One problem, all those dazzling action scenes are also in the trailer.
As I said earlier, this movie is getting 97% of the critics approval on Rotten Tomatoes, which seems to be inflated. I suppose it is just the critics not being willing to be too critical on a movie that means so much to Potter fans. All I am trying to say, is it is a very entertaining movie, but I do not think it can rank as one of the best films of the year.
As many parents have noticed, these films have gotten darker in look and tone over the last decade. I am serious, most of the color in this movie is black and gray, which gets a little annoying after two hours. There are also a few intense moments and some language, which earns it a PG-13 rating.
One of the better parts of the movie, were the few twists they included toward the end, but I will not spoil those for you.
Some of the negative parts that stood out at me, was the predictable dialogue, plus the abrupt ending to the anticipated final battle between Harry and Voldemort.
In the end, this series is all about Harry, Ron, and Hermione's adventure together, and this last movie does a great job of recapturing that.
For those who have not read the books (including me), I was slightly worried about being lost with this movie since there was so much story in the last movie Deathly Hallows: Part 1. But, this movie does a great job at reminding the audience that Harry is searching for horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort.
I just hope Hollywood gets out of this trend of splitting movies into multiple parts, which is also being done to Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. I understand being faithful to the books, but even the Lord of the Rings was able to fit the story into just 3 movies.
Much like the Lord of the Rings, I felt this franchise had a bittersweet ending that left me disappointed that it was all over with.
In closing, this movie is an obvious must see for fans of the books and movies. But for casual movie goers, it is simply a pretty good summer blockbuster that is worth seeing.
Lowcountry movie night gives Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3 out of 5 stars.