So I saw Harry Potter #6. I know the movie is going to get tons of rave reviews, but to be honest, I didn't really like it.
Most of the film is a romantic comedy about Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny. Which I guess is okay if you like that sort of stuff, but it feels out of place in a Harry Potter film. It felt sort of out of place in the book, too.
Where did it come from? I mean, I can't say, "Oh, well, of course Harry likes Ginny in Half-Blood Prince. He's always wanted to be her boyfriend." because Harry has said about three sentences to her over the course of books 3 through 5. Same with the movies, where Ginny spends most of her time hovering awkwardly in the background of scenes. The idea that Harry and Ginny are a "meant to be" couple, one of the fundamental points of the romantic comedy nature of the film, just comes out of left field.
And it also bugs me that the movie establishes the fact that Ginny has a boyfriend (Dean Thomas), but then it doesn't get mentioned again. That is, she doesn't break up with Dean, like in the book. So...she's kinda flirting with Harry the whole movie, even though she already has a boyfriend, which you think would be a major deal. Instead, it's a dead issue. I don't know why.
I complained about this to my sister, but she told me to shut up.
I suppose the Ron/Hermione drama is a bit more understandable, because it was set up in the fourth book with all the Yule Ball stuff, where Ron hurt Hermione's feelings by being an insensitive buffoon (I don't know what she sees in him, to be honest). That's basically exactly what happens in the movie, although it's now helped along by characters who exist only to get in the way of the dream couple.
I suppose that romantic drama is popular right now, what with the Twilight series. Speaking of which, Draco Malfoy throws aside his role as evil villain in this movie for the role of tragically misunderstood emo guy. Get prepared for several shots of him being moody, and of him pulling the curtain off a cabinet. Yeah, you're going to see the curtain-pulling shot about five times in the movie.
The other half of the movie is Harry and Dumbledore's Most Excellent Adventure, where Harry and Dumbledore team up to do a bunch of random things that Dumbledore doesn't explain very well. As Harry says, he's learned to "just roll with it".
I dunno, I've never been a fan of Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. It kinda feels like he still hasn't decided how he wants to play the role, and so Dumbledore changes his personality with great frequency. One minute, he'll be friendly towards Harry, and the other minute, he'll choke Harry while yelling "HARRY! DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE?" I still kind of get that feeling in this movie--sometimes it seems that Dumbledore cares about Harry's feelings, and other times he forces Harry to do things without even asking if Harry wants to or not.
There are a bunch of other questions I have, like "What's with the flying black smoke that breaks windows?", "Why do the Weasleys stand still and do absolutely nothing for a few minutes while their house is being attacked?", "Since when is there a wheat field and a swamp right next to the Weasleys' house, anyway?", "What the HECK is up with the Snape shushing Harry scene?" and "Why does Alan Rickman (Snape) act the exact same way in every single scene in pretty much every movie he's in?"
So, overall, I'd say, "Meh." It's not like it's a bad movie. It's just not for me, because I don't like seeing Harry Potter get all romantic comedy, and I don't particularly care for Movie Dumbledore, and those two things make up 90% of the film. It was definitely not worth the six-month wait for me.