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Scott Roberts
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
on Nov 24, 2010 at 6:52:42 pm

I only know the Harry Potter series from the films, I've never even touched a Harry Potter book in my life, so I'm just sort of a casual fan of the movies. I actually thought the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire were both really awesome movies and have gone backed and watched them multiple times. The rest of the movies... I think they are just OK. Deathly Hallows Part 1 also falls in the "just OK" category.

This latest entry is easily the slowest moving, gloomiest Harry Potter film yet. You have to sit through a lot of talking to get to the good parts. And I'm not against dialogue, but I was definitely zoning out on some of the scenes in this latest one. I feel like maybe I missed a sequel after hearing some parts, as they were talking about things I guess I was supposed to remember from the previous movies, but I forgot about. I guess that's my fault, it's probably easier for a more hardcore fan. But at least it was an interesting and complex story, even if the emotion didn't hit every time it was supposed to.

When I initially saw the first two movies a few years ago, I shrugged them off as cheap Roald Dahl rip-offs. I am happy to see that the series has matured with every entry (probably to mature with it's original fanbase), and Deathly Hallows Part 1 isn't a bad movie, but I would put it in the bottom half of my Harry Potter film ranking. But it did set up what should be an exciting Part 2!

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Tim Wilson
Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:10:14 pm

I'm a stupid big fan. LOVE the books. The movies are good representations for sure, but the books are remarkable.

And love the movies. My wife and I, both 50 years old, bought advance tickets for the midnight preview at the local IMAX, and totally freaked out at how good it was.

But certainly not intended for casual fans. I think it's incredibly ballsy in fact, to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on production and distribution and NOT CARE if you like it. NOT CARE if you want to see it. This is for the people who've come along for the ride already, fans who have a stake in it.

That said, they have a responsibility to everyone who walks in the door to make 'em glad they spent the dough. Sounds like they didn't get there for you. That's legit.

The only beef my wife and I had with it was that it was way too short. Yeah, we had to take a nap to stay up that late, but never once looked at the time, and were sorry it was over after two hours.


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Scott Roberts
Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
on Nov 29, 2010 at 4:36:43 pm

I did get that feeling, that they were saying basically "we can do this however we want, it's Harry Potter Part 7, people will see it no matter what we do!" I also commend them for that. No use dumbing it down for people who didn't already watch the 6 films before it, they won't understand it anyway! But yeah, I didn't think this was a bad film, just a little slower than the ones before it. I am excited for the next one though, my friend who read the books tells me it will basically just be a giant wizard battle!


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Tim Wilson
Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
on Dec 1, 2010 at 8:40:48 pm

[Scott Roberts] "I didn't think this was a bad film, just a little slower than the ones before it. I am excited for the next one though, my friend who read the books tells me it will basically just be a giant wizard battle!"

Daniel Radcliffe said the same thing in a recent interview. I know I'll be there, and I know I'll love it...not on principle, but because the last 4 of these movies have been genuinely good movies.

I really do get why Hallows isn't engaging to everyone, but I saw it again yesterday, and found a whole bunch of new things to be impressed by. Remarkable, remarkable stuff.


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Scott Roberts
Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:25:13 pm

I don't know if you saw this, but here's a fun saturday morning Harry Potter picture. Someone put a 9 3/4 sticker on a New York subway platform sign:

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