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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

July 15, 2011

VERDICT:
9/10 Boys Who Lived

A muggle couldn’t ask for more.

So I got to the theater at midnight, drew a lightning bolt on my forehead, got compliments on it, watched the movie, loved the movie, came home, pulled an all-nighter, wrote a review, watched the Sun come up, slept for 20 minutes, and now I’m at work. This is not healthy, I do not recommend it, but then again, what a freakin’ ending.

Let’s hear what you guys thought and hit the jump for the full scoop, yo:

http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/07/15/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2-review/

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  1. July 15, 2011 10:27 pm

    Best in the series? Yes
    Good film? No

    What a waste of my time. I must confess that after having spent hours devoting myself to this franchise in both books and movies in order to understand what the hell the hype is all about, I still dont get it. Im not a fan of this series, but I will concede that Part 2 was better than the rest and was on track to being a good film until the very end. What a waste of my time! All that money on effects and that was the death? That was how good and evil became balenced? Pathetic excuse of a movie franchise if you ask me!

    • July 18, 2011 12:06 pm

      Bummer, dude. Props to you for giving a shot, especially with the books too, but what can I say, I thought it kicked ass. And the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort wrapped up even quicker in the novel. Not sure how effective the special effects would have been if he blew up like the Death Star, so the disintegration thing worked fine for me. Sounds like one of those different strokes for different strokes thingermajigs. Thanks for stopping by though, man!

    • July 19, 2011 11:36 am

      I find comments like this to be completely bizarre. Is it the fault of the franchise or the fault of the viewer who contends that they don’t get it?

  2. Pimp Daddy permalink
    July 16, 2011 12:17 am

    I don’t know what Harry Potter you read, but what I saw on the screen tonight was not what I read 4 years ago. What I saw tonight was an abomination.

    • July 18, 2011 12:03 pm

      Good lord, that’s a damn shame. Pretty sure we read the same book, what did you think they left out?

  3. July 16, 2011 6:00 am

    Nice shit Aidan.

    By the way, watched “I Saw The Devil” because of you … batshit crazy.

    My review on Sunday.

    Peace man.

    • July 18, 2011 12:02 pm

      Thanks, man. And yeah, I Saw the Devil was no effing joke, right? Glad you dug it though and will check out your review.

  4. July 16, 2011 6:01 am

    And when I say Aidan, I obviously mean Aiden 😀

  5. Term25 permalink
    July 18, 2011 1:15 pm

    i’m sorry but the last movie was rubbish in terms to its relevence to the book. i feel all the books have lacked emotion and key elements from the books have been totally ignored. For instance int he movie how potter jumps out of hagrids arms and runs off! rubbish they should have stuck to the book where he reappears to save mrs weasley. Also harry showing himself to snape and how neville and his followers were supposed to be in hiding et are in the great hall?! stupid! There was just no emphasis on key points. Also at the end you wouldnt have thought that they have just killed voldemort, where was the jubilation or emotion. You would have thought that making the last book two movies would allow to stick closer to the book but they couldn’t have gone further away. Like the main battle occurred after harrys death. I have no idea how J K Rowling can honestly say that these last two movies in any way represent what the books were about. Youshould just read the books doing both will just be a big disappointment.

  6. HermioneO permalink
    July 18, 2011 2:37 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet but the general consensus among my friends is thumbs up.

  7. July 19, 2011 11:44 am

    I often wonder what fans and purists (or fan purists) expect out of movies, or if they understand as a general rule how movies work. Fortunately I don’t wonder for very long.

    I loved this. DH2 does everything right; it keeps the action focused on and driven by characters and banks on the emotional investments we’ve made in the cast from day one, something which Columbus deserves credit for as it was he who picked out Radcliffe, Watson, Grint, and co. a decade ago. There’s not a single minute here where I found myself bored, and maybe that’s not saying much since the entire film naturally contains nothing but climactic and falling action after part 1 did all of the necessary legwork.

    And it’s filmed well, too. I can’t stress how valuable it is for a genuine director to be working on a movie like this– Yates has a great eye and knows what he wants out of his cinematographer.

    • July 21, 2011 1:56 pm

      Yeah, Yates was exactly what the last few entries needed to bring this right out of the realm of “Young Adult”. Shit gets serious from Goblet of Fire on, Yates and his love for the color grey was the perfect complement for that. Glad you liked this movie so much, too. A very fitting swan song for such a beloved series.

  8. July 21, 2011 11:23 pm

    Hum. I did like it, but I do think this film has some major problems. The first act has massive pacing issues and some of the exposition throughout the film, specifically the Elder Wand, ends up being a bit repetitive.

    It’s a good ending, but there are at least two Harry Potter films better than this one: Hallows Part 1 and Phoenix still as the best.

    • July 27, 2011 2:40 pm

      Oh, man. I think you’re the first person I’ve met who liked Part 1 more than Part 2, and that is awesome. What did you like so much about Part 1? Azkaban is still where it’s at for me, but Yates definitely upped the series game with Phoenix, even if Harry was a bit of a whiny bitch.

  9. Chris permalink
    July 27, 2011 7:27 pm

    I have just watched the Movie and I feel like I have punched in the face. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have read the Books countless of times. I have always preferred the Books to the Film but I couldn’t rate this.. if you have read the Books, you “might” understand where I am coming from.

    What I didn’t like about this film was that there was too many Scenes changed. I understand cutting Scenes due to time and money wise, but changing the Scene completely? I felt that it was more about special effects than the acting. I felt that acting was terrible and rushed.

    I’m NOT expecting it to be just like the Book and I’m not “hating” for expressing my opinion. If you haven’t read the Books, you wouldn’t understand my comment.

    When Critics and Fans alike say it is the “Best Harry Potter ever” it is most certainly not. Just because it is the last film doesn’t mean it is the best Film. Forgive me when I say this: Critics and Fans were going to say good things about this Movie before it came out, regardless on how it turned out. It’s understandable if your a huge fan of the Movies your already going to prefer this Movie. Strangly enough I found Part 1 of Deathly Hallows much more better and I can’t explain why.

    Why I haven’t liked the Movies as much as the Books because it lacks so much important information.

    • Jesse permalink
      July 31, 2011 11:12 pm

      I agree with Chris 100 percent. The reason I liked part 1 better was because there was a sense of danger. When I read the Deathly Hallows I felt a sense of danger throughout tthhe entire book and even more so where part2 picks up but with the movie……..not so much. Harry and the gang didn’t seem tto be in too much mortal danger and kinda rushed the plot along.
      1 Thing I DID NOT UNDERSTAND how did Luna beat Harry from the cottage to The Room of Requirement???? Now for 1 Thing I DID LIKE the showdown with voldemort and the snake kill by neville. Personally I believe the movie did it better than the book from the point they realized Harry wasn’t dead to the end.
      One last thing before I go Harry did make a whoopsie by not repairing his wand b4 he snapped the elder wand (also thought it was a little disrepctful towards Dumbledore) and finally didn’t Hagrid have a brother named Gwarp?????

      • August 8, 2011 10:00 am

        Hahaha. Yeah, Gwarp got the back burner on this one, even though I think you’re right in that he makes an appearance in the book. Too bad, Gwarp can kick some ass.

    • August 8, 2011 9:55 am

      Very interesting. I’ve read all the books, and considering how much has been left out of the films up until now, I thought they did a bang-up job of including as many scenes as possible and staying true to the source without changing anything drastically. I agree, the books are better, that’s no contest, but this really was the best movie of the series and not just because it was the last one. But hey, different strokes for different folks, yo. Thanks for the comment and thanks for stopping by!

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