Year Released: 2011
Main Stars: Harry, Hermiane, that ginger one and lots of old folks. Ok, it’s Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and every old British actor that ever was.
Last watched: December 2012
Review Date: December 2012
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Yes, I watch Harry Potter movies. Not for the books, though, as I’ve not read them, but for that feeling of fantasy and grandeur with the possibility of interesting twists on the real world such as a tree that hits cars (not in this one though).
For me, Deathly Hallow Part 2 starts with lots of strange goings on and a whole bunch of “why did that happen?” with a smattering of “what are they talking about?” Could it be I didn’t pay attention to the first part? Yes. But a film should stand on it’s own so that was a big negative until, after a mysterious mist cleared, I found myself liking it all – the more serious content and a little more drama than I thought would be present.
Obviously the effects are good, no question there. The plot is cosily easy to guess in advance and the actors, young and old, are all very convincing given that some of them are meant to act like kids. Daniel always seems a bit held back as Harry but here that awkwardness works. Rupert and Emma shape up as actors in their own right although they do look as if they’re along for the ride.
Not overly dark and there are very few happy moments, as probably befits the last in a large franchise aimed at kids the same age as the main characters and who grew up watching the films, probably now blubbling into their facebook pages.
Yes, I’m happy with this one as a bit of entertainment and it’s given me a strange inckling-amus to watch them all back to back which is quite a positive something compared to my initial reaction.
Funnily enough, the wife, who read and loved all the books, didn’t really enjoy this last movie installment.
DVD Extras: Quite a lot and good fun. Not a big ‘making of’ for movie buffs though. Probably holding that back for the box set. Emma comes across well without being ‘the girl’ if you know what I mean.
Watch if on TV?
A bit, but probably not bother seeing every last minute.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?