Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two

I just got back from the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two.  Now that I've seen this movie, I figured out their strategy: overload the first movie with horrible material, so the second one looks really good in comparison.

Here are my notes from the movie.  Yes, I took notes, because otherwise I'd forget everything.
  • Everyone here in the movie theater is in high school.
  • The previews took forty to fifty minutes.  They even had previews for previews, if you can believe it.  The announcement went something like this: "Stay tuned, because after this preview for [product x], there's a preview for [product y]."
  • Lots of people had Harry Potter costumes. The only costume I have is my hobo costume, so I wore that one.
  • Two people in the audience were sporting San Francisco Giants gear.
  • One of the previews gave me an idea for a Japanese anime: a person drinks Coca Cola, and it is so magical that this person gets superpowers.  And he can fly.  I think that's what the preview was trying to say.
  • I don't think they've replaced the movie screens since I worked there in 2001.  You still get those random black circles which blot out certain parts of the screen at times.  I thought they would have HD-capable screens or something like that.
  • It was cool when Ollivander repeated, "The wand chooses the wizard."  They could have tried to make him look more like he did in the first movie, though.
  • I think it's overkill to have all the students marching in formation, like Nazis. I didn't like the Nazis in the Ministry of Magic in the first movie either.  All in all, it's too out of place to have Nazi references.
  • The dramatic showdown between Harry and Snape was weird.  It was cool, I guess.  But it was still weird and came out of nowhere.
  • I think they made a list of various things from the previous movies that they liked, which they wanted to put in this movie.  There were way too many random cameos of things (and characters) from previous movies, such as the bridge of indeterminate origin, the Cornish pixies, the acromantulas, the Nimbus 2001s, the...hey, why are all the cameos from the second movie?
  • I guess they couldn't get the actor who played Goyle in the previous movies, so now the big showdown with Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle is a showdown with Malfoy, Crabbe, and Random Black Guy.
  • They made it ridiculously obvious that Harry is a horcrux.  That sort of takes away from the big "Harry is a horcrux!" reveal at the end of the movie, I guess.
  • We have the boathouse of randomness, where Snape is killed.
  • Snape has magical tears now, apparently.
  • I liked the pensieve memory scenes, beacuse they forced the actor who plays Snape to actually do real acting for a change, instead of mumbling like a creeper in every single dang scene.
  • The reunion scene with the resurrection stone was boring.  The characters just stood still and looked at Harry most of the time.
  • Harry gives Voldemort the Hug of Death for no apparent reason.
  • Actually, I'm calling out a huge section of the ending sequence as filler.  Harry and Voldemort start off in the square.  Then, Harry breaks character by running away for a long time.  Then, he breaks character again by suddenly fighting Voldemort on the stairs and hugging him off of a tower.  And then finally, they end up right back where they started, in the square.  Cut that whole dang sequence out of the movie, and just have they stay in the square the whole time.  Besides, plotwise, it makes no sense for Harry to go after Voldemort while Nagini is still alive.
  • Towards the end, Bellatrix, Nagini and Voldemort all die by exploding/dissolving into pieces, as opposed to having realistic death scenes.  It seems unfair that our heroes receive realistic battle wounds, but they can't deal out realistic battle wounds.  I guess they just didn't want to make it seem like our heroes are murderers (even though they totally are).
  • The people in the theater seemed to like Bellatrix's death scene.  I thought it was underdone.  Mrs. Weasley could have been much more intense.
  • Older Harry, in the epilogue, looks like Uncle Jesse from Full House.  You know those scenes where Jesse wore glasses while writing things?  He looked like that.
I got too sleepy near the end of the movie to care much about what was going on. Maybe tomorrow, when I'm more awake, I can worry about things like the fact that the Carrows aren't really in the movie or the fact that the Grey Lady gets far too much screentime than she deserves, seeing as she really doesn't affect the plot that much.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Older Harry, in the epilogue, looks like Uncle Jesse from Full House. You know those scenes where Jesse wore glasses while writing things? He looked like that."

That made me laugh. Uncle Jesse with glasses and a lightning scar on his forehead calling people muggles. Hehehe.

I don't think I'm going to go see it but it was nice reading about it!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was pretty good, only the part in the memory with Snape was weird, especially the last one where he, umm... hugs a dead person.

Anonymous said...

The guy who plays snape (along with wormtail and Bellatrix Lestrange) was also in Sweeny Todd. When Voldemort killed Snape I was reminded of when he got his throat slit by johnny depp and died in that movie. he needs to get some new characters.

Anonymous said...

I'm sad that Helena Bonham Carter didn't have any lines in this movie. The only time she was actually on screen doing something of interest was when Hermione impersonated her to get into the bank (& then she had hermione's voice so it doesn't count)and when Molly Weasly killed her which was like 5 seconds. Very disappointing.

Anonymous said...

You got to see the first showing?!?! LUUUUCKY!!!!!!!!!! :O CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Diana said...

I also went to the midnight showing and was quite disappointed when they didn't have Dumbledore's backstory. Seriously they could have cut out that totally out of character filler bit you mentioned and put in Dumbledore's backstory. Also it kind of bugged me that pretty much the only part with Ginny was her running up and kissing Harry at some point and then running away...Overall, it was ok. Could have been better, but it could have been a whole lot worse.

Anonymous said...

You should write movie reviews.

Anonymous said...

Hey Arglefumph. I'm not trying to be a hater at all, I acually love your Nancy Drew walkthroughs (they're hilarious!) and would be surprised if this comment didn't get at least one hater, but I just want to ask a question: While you were watching the movie, were you trying to enjoy it for its entertainment value, or were you trying to find faults in the movie? I'm just asking because most of the ones you listed I personally didn't notice until you brought them up, so it almost seems as if during the movie you were looking for flaws. Sorry but I also saw the midnight screening and I couldn't help but notice that you didn't leave any GOOD comments about the movie. Sorry but, you know, just wondering! Please at try to contain hatred towards this comment because please, I'm only 13 and do I need that?

Justin said...

I also didn't like the movie. For most of the reasons that you put. You can see more of my reasons at musingsoftheillinformed.blogspot.com
But I forgot some that you reminded me of. You said there were black spots during the movie. Now I had thought that all movie theaters had made the switch to digital. Maybe they're trying to keep it "realistic." My movie screen kept getting pixellated and dumb stuff like that. I did think the choice of the boathouse was dumb. They DID include the Shrieking Shack in the 3rd movie. They COULD have used that if they wanted to. But they didn't. My other qualm is that for the whole series the music has been sub-par for me. This movie had the best for the series. Which doesn't say much. I did enjoy the Snape dying music and the descending strain first used when Dumbledore dies in the 6th movie. My favorite part was when Snape was dying. But I think they flew through his memories and skipped all the school stuff. There just wasn't enough there. And the end wasn't funny. J. K. Rowling put some funny stuff there that just wasn't included. It made me very upset. Finally, if you don't want people criticizing you for your opinion, don't post if you think they might, Anonymous. Having differing opinions is fine, you don't have to worry about people being mad at you. It just happens. You should get used to it. A good life skill. And I'm only 16...

Anonymous said...

I liked the movie but I agree with ur points.

3D###Boy said...

STUUUUUUUUPPPPPPIIIIIIIIDDDD MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!

miss_gracey_09 said...

Hmph.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your points
I personally only liked the first three books

Anonymous said...

I agree with your points. I'm a big Harry Potter fan and I felt they could have done so much more with the second movie. I felt it was good but not as good as they could have done it. Just a little note. In the room of requirment it was malfoy, goyle and some random guy. This was done on purpose becasue the guy who plays Crabbe got arrested for drug possesion so he wasn't able to reprise his role in this movie. Just Thought you ought to know.

Anonymous said...

Well I thought it was one of the best movies. And all the references to past stuff was really nice in my opinion. Brought me back to the times when it was more magical and less dark. And it was Goyle, Malfoy and random black guy in the end, just so you know, but I agree, the lack of Crabbe was annoying.

Anonymous said...

I too thought the movie was wonderful! It's a true testament to the past 11 years, and that is something JK Rowling and the entire cast and crew should be proud of.

Anonymous said...

I strongly agree w/ the last comment. I thought the movie was INCREDIBLY AMAZING! I swear, this was the first time I've cried at a movie, which I find strange because when I read the book I just got teary (during the battle at Hogwarts when u start 2 c who died) so that says something! Oh, and when I saw the midnight showing (yes, I was in costume), the entire audience CHEERED at the Mrs. Weasly vs. Bellatriz scene! I swear, I think the people in the hall outside could hear it! Also, when the movie ended, some people (including me) gave it a STANDING OVATION! (The people in the hall DEFINATELY heard that!)

Anonymous said...

Snape DOES mumble like a creeper!!! And what is scarier is the fact like my 15 year old brother looks JUST like Snape!!!!!! Sleep with one eye opened...... Not you Michael! Me!! Creepy.....

Kerry said...

They weren't magic tears, well they were in a way but everyone had them. They contain a memory or in snapes case many memories. It was so funny though I went with my brother and cousins and when harry came up from the memory someone behind us said " you must die" and we were trying not to laugh, and when he's at kings cross station in that dream form my cousin decides to make an adventure time reference and said "He has wizard eyes" it was so funny!

Anonymous said...

I saw the movie yesterday, I thought the 2nd part was more better then the 1st part! I liked it! I thought it was the best movie yet!

Anonymous said...

BEST HARRY POTTER MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Arglefumph I AGREE WITH YOU

I was kinda disappointed with the movie. My favourite was just the pensieve memory scenes too... dozing off most of the time....

PS. I'm 20-ish yrs old and I like your work. Haha.

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