Saturday, December 4, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The first movie I went to see was “Harry Patter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”I walked up to the ticket booth and asked what is showing next. That’s was when I knew what I wanted to change my blog name to. BUT I digress.

Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 PG 13, 146 Min.

This is the first part of the last movie franchise that was started back in 2001. This movie is based on the book series from J.K. Rowling by the same name? Harry and his friends are at the height of the conflict with he who shall not be named. In this installment we take the last book and break it into two movies. Many of my friends say that it was a money grab to increase the profits and stretch out the length of paydays for this franchise. That may be true but I can see where you would want to break up the book into two parts. The book is naturally broken into two parts. The first half of the book is very much focused on our heroes trying to find out what to do and a lot of character development, primarily back story for the final dual. Many times in the past film makers have had to pick and choose what topics go into films when they cross over from book to movie. This movie has to be broken into parts to better serve each half of the final book.

For whatever reason they did it, it is a hard movie to watch. The story its self is hard to follow in as much most of the book is the characters arguing and sniping at one another while they flounder around from back drop to back drop. The actors do a great job, and the effects are top notch. I can say very little about the film from a technical standpoint, because it was well done. I was just drawn back into the book when I was reading it and felt that the first half of the book dragged as well.

I did feel a detachment from the movie for some reason; I was not bought into the characters. When key characters had died in the film I heard other people get moved by the sadness on the screen but I felt nothing. I don’t know why it did not work for me it might have been because I was trying too hard to separate myself from the drag of the story.

Was it entertaining, yes, but it did not movie me. David Yates has done a standard job with this film quality of his work on these films has remained constant. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grant and Emma Watson did a wonderful job of relaying the struggle with the characters; they have had enough practice at them.

How would I rate this movie? I would say that if you are a fan of the series of movie this one will not disappoint. If you were only mildly entertained by the others I would say skip it.

No comments: