Just got back from seeing Harry Potter. At 9 AM. Yes, one advantage of living where I live is that the closest movie theater starts showing at 9 on weekends. It was blissfully free of people. I would totally see a 9 AM movie again!
I really felt like this movie consisted of almost all of the mundane interactions between the characters, and almost none of the overarching plot (what overarching plot the book possesses). That is not exactly a bad thing. I really liked seeing Fred and George's shop, the whole Lavender/Cormack plot lines. Maybe because selfishly I know that the next movie will not allow them many cute, funny normal moments, it was nice to see.
However, the forcing of the plot to the side meant that Snape was practically non-existent. :( The parts he was in were awesome, as always, but there was too little of him!
Tom Felton did a kickass job, and it did remind me of why I was a Harry/Draco shipper back in the day before I fell off the wagon into darker things *coughs*
I also thought the whole idea of death was handled really badly. Harry spends all of book 5 broken up about Cedric's death, someone he didn't know particularly well, but they didn't address that his frickin godfather died at the end of book 5. Harry didn't seem particularly angsty about it, but I don't think was Daniel's fault so much as it was the script that didn't give any space to do this in. Also, Dumbledore's death was anti-climactic, and poorly addressed in terms of the emotional fallout of it. I thought everyone was way too zen about it. Particularly Harry, who we know is no poster boy of controlled emotional reactions. It haven't reread the book since it came out, so maybe that's how it is in the book, but it didn't feel right regardless.
I thought the movie was really well shot. The way the penseive memories faded in and out of fog was beautifully creepy, and I really liked the way they used the weather to invoke a mood. I think the only time it was sunny was at the very end when Harry, Ron and Hermione were standing watching Fawkes fly away. I'd have to rewatch it to be sure. It was overall both visually gorgeous, and visually interesting. I really liked the costumes, particularly McGonagall's robes with the exaggerated shoulders! And Draco's suits! And Narcissa's hair! And the whole visual feel of the opening when Harry is hanging out in the Muggle diner.
I liked the direction of the movie, I just hope they get a better script writer (NO MORE STEVE KLOVES) for the next movie. I think a better script with the pretty solidly creative directing will make the next movie awesome.
ETA:Also, Dumbledore's wizened hand really looked like it was just covered in bike grease. I thought it would start off a lot creepier, and look even worse at the end.
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