I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan. I don’t hate him, but I watched all these movies like George Mallory might have – simply because they are there. In other words – I have no idea why.
So, this one ends the series, and we all find out how it ends. Spoiler: it ends in a massive cop-out. Seriously? A “he’s technically dead for a few minutes to reverse some spell, and then we resurrect him?” Give me a break – magic shouldn’t work on a technicality. Dead means dead forever. Harry should have sacrificed his life – for real – either by annihilating Voldemort, or weakening Voldemort enough so that Harry’s friends could kill him. The more I think about it, I wonder if JK Rowling had intended to end it that way, but chickened-out at the last minute because she was worried about the message it’d send… that a suicide mission can be right. Either way, the end just felt like one giant “Come! on!!! Are you Serious? pfffft”
Is it good or bad that 2 years after seeing this, I can’t remember what happens in it. I remember the end of Part 2 (see other review), but can’t remember what happened in Part 1. A lot of the Harry Potter movies are like that. What happens in them doesn’t really matter – some spell does some thing to someone who knows more about someone else than our hero does… rinse, lather, repeat. But, they’re still fun to watch for the spectacle (albeit with about as much depth as shiny hair).
Well, they finally got it right. Good acting, good directing, good script, good effects… I think it helped a lot that the kids were a bit older in this one. It made their sleuthing a little more believable.
Mildly entertaining I suppose, but hardly riveting… It felt like somebody was behind the screen, just turning the crank. More special effects, more wizard stuff, more monsters, etc etc etc… Did you notice how utterly helpless all the “professors” are? I mean, they don’t even try to solve the mystery, they just want to give up and close the school – even the head wizard dude doesn’t really do anything. The plot would have been more engaging if the professors were trying to solve the mystery too, but stuck on a “wrong path” or something. I suppose that’s what one gets in a kid’s book/movie though – helpless adults & hero kids.
I had just read the book when I saw this, and the movie was almost too much to absorb… I kept looking at everything, and trying to figure out exactly what they might have skipped… It was a very odd way to see a movie. If you do go see it, don’t read the book the night before… give it some time.