Directed by David Yates. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter
I don’t want to offend any Harry Potter fans. So if you are one, please stop reading this. Okay, okay I’m not a Harry Potter fan. So Avada Kedavra me already! Part 1 was way too long and boring for me but after watching Part 2 I am totally convinced that only the fans will enjoy this film.
What’s the point of these films? Apart from making JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe very rich that is. Most of the kids or adults who read these books have moved on in life. And how many of us who haven’t read ‘all’ the books even remember what happened in the first few films? And are you really going to sit down and watch the last film before this one to bone up on what happened? Part 1 was a year ago. Part 2 doesn’t bother to recap what happened.
The trio was after the Horcruxes that contain a part of the soul of the evil ‘he who shall not be named’ Voldemort (yes I named ‘you know who’, and if they do know ‘who’ then what the fuck is wrong in saying his name?). Part 1 still had some meat and even though it had awkward moments like the dance between Harry and Hermione it was still bearable to the uninitiated. But Part 2 just seems like an over bloated ending. They should have just fused the two parts into one, made it three hours and ended it there.
In Part 2 there are battles and deaths, wands and spells, goblins and ghosts but it all seems blah. They all look tired themselves really. They’re hands look tired with all the wand waving. Fiennes looks like he’s going to faint from not getting any air through those slits in his nose make-up. The wizards have facial stubble ( no, not Emma Watson) to prove they’re growing up. And they never could really act considering they were just picked up and thrust into films at a tender age.
Important characters are killed off but I didn’t feel anything really. I think I shed a tear in the last film when Dobby the Free Elf is killed. Ah, there’s where the filmmakers have excelled. In making the CGI characters life-like and endearing. Don’t think I’d have shed a tear if Potter died. But Dobby, oh yes, poor Dobby, couldn’t they have kept him till the last movie? He didn’t even have a special appearance in the ghosts scene where Harry’s parents and Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) come to give him an oh-so clichéd homily on how they will always be ‘right there’, pointing to his heart (rolls eyes).
I saw the film in 2-D but experience tells me 3-D won’t be good and besides it’s been shot in 2-D and then converted so don’t bother. Oh and the end of the film where they show the youngins all grown up with kids of their own is so barf-inducing I really wanted ol’ Dumbledore’s hat to hurl in.
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