Holy Shit! Harry Potter!

Posted by Jon Wiener on November 19, 2010

It seems like a lifetime ago when the last Harry Potter movie came out (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), so there was quite a bit of excitement when I lined up with a bunch of teen-aged nerds, anxiously awaiting to moment that the theater doors would open for our 12:01 am show.  As I took my seat, I noticed one girl (donning a Gryffindor scarf) crying tears of absolute bliss.  I knew I was in good company, despite the childish comments and boos as each trailer came on the screen.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was, in a word, excellent.  It blended the comedic elements that we have all grown to love, along with some pretty insane visual mind-fucks, courtesy of Ros Weasley’s (Rupert Grint) psyche.  There are also quite a few lonely camping sequences that are one Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy away from being Old Joy + witchcraft.

Essentially, the film was packed with an enormous range of emotions.  These actors have been committed to these roles for almost a decade, and in that time defined every nuance that makes each character unique and memorable.  These kids have gone through some heavy shit, and you can tell.

In a nod to the tech crew on HP7A, the visual effects are outstanding, especially when the witches apparate.  You really get the sense that something astonishing is happening.  Also, the house-elves (Dobby and Kreature) looked far more realistic (for house-elves) than they have in the past.  The sound design was also spectacular.  Each time a spell was cast, you could feel it in the theater, moving through your body.  Truly a full experience.

It is also note-worthy that there was an intention to release this film in 3D, which would have probably been a huge mistake.  These movies are such a spectacle that including another dimension would have been a huge distraction.  And let me take this opportunity to express my hope that the final installment in the series will remain 2-dimensional.

That all being said, go see this movie.  Immediately.

WARNING: Do not see this movie if you are not caught up with the other films in the series.  You will be totally lost.

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