I know, I know. I’m supposed to be posting a review (or a reasonable facsimile) whenever I see a movie in the theater. I’ve cheated, readers. I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part One (directed by David Yates) this past weekend, and I only just remembered that I supposedly do movie reviews, too. Since I sort of caught myself off-guard, and it’s been a few days since I saw the movie, please excuse the potential haphazardness of this “review.” Read on if you dare.
I am a huge– and I repeat, huge– fan of the Harry Potter franchise. It all started back in third grade (age 8 or 9) when I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Since then, I’ve read all of the books about three times each, and seen all of the movies at least once each. However, this is the first HP movie I’ve seen in the theater. I was a bit nervous, I’ll admit. For one thing, would Lord Voldemort’s (sorry- You-Know-Who’s) slimy, nose-less state be less laughable on the big screen?
I needn’t have worried. Age-appropriate audiences (the film is rated PG-13) should have no trouble. The action is exhilarating without being gory. All of the high standards set by the previous films peak in Deathly Hallows, Part One. It was a perfect movie experience. After I got out of theater, I thought, I think I’d like to turn around, buy another set of tickets, and watch that a couple more times. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to do that. I would have loved to, though.
Only one thing bugged me: Ron’s Great-Auntie Muriel, or the lack of her. I think she had a few lines in the movie (the character wasn’t identified as Muriel), but her hilarious jabs from the book at Ron’s hair, Xenophilius Lovegood’s robes, and Ginny’s low-cut dress were disappointingly absent.
Other than that (and the fact that anyone who hasn’t recently read the book will be totally lost), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One was perfect. Hmm… an overall rating? 5 out 5, definitely. For HP fans, this one’s a no-brainer, but it will be sure to please others, too.
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