~ Deadly Ha-ha-ha ~

Christopher Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and then David Yates, they are the people who provided visual life for everybody’s hero, the boy who lived, Harry Potter. And the beginning of the end started a few days ago when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 had its opening over the various cinemas worldwide.

The film kicks off with the Dursleys leaving their hometown and Hermione obliviate-ing her parents of her memory. Thanking the editing of the film wherein the scene with Miss Granger truly is more than just a sob story. Then the Order of the Phoenix scene provides us with the Harry Potter duplicates and Harry’s supposedly safe transport to the Burrow. A scene in between gives us Snape providing the spoiler information to the Death Eaters and the Dark Lord on what the Order is going to do to Harry.

Before moving on, I know a lot of people are going to complain on why the Harry Potter review is filled with spoilers. Well, we can’t help it. There are a lot of things to say regarding the movie and come on, spoilers? Dude! Fuck spoilers. As if you haven’t read the book.

Well, that is just so exclusive for Harry Potter fans. And again, before moving moving on, initially I started that bit where “why is it that this part is not there or why is it that that scene unfashionable to the naked eye and other complaints on the side” after watching it last Monday. But realizing it a few discussions and a few days after, I told myself, on who should the film be catered to?

As a fan, I would actually say that they should be faithful to the book or at least introduce every possible detail in it and if they are changing or adding a few major or minor details, make sure that us fans would be filled with awe instead of the usual, wtf with matching eyebrows are twitching reaction.

But come to think of it, if you are a fan, the book is always there to provide you with the magical and mystical imagination that it provides. I remember when I watched Lord of the Rings before it was a welcome thing to do for Peter Jackson to take out the parts of the book when they had to do those singing rhymes.

There are a lot of elements on how a movie is made. The obvious first is the possibility of a film’s ticket sales. That is reality. It doesn’t matter if the film is good or bad; as long as it makes money it is good, even if it is bad. You also have to take note of the hundreds of people who worked, whether they are on screen or worked behind the scenes. People has to live too you know. I remember, I think it was the director who said it, that if the Chronicles of Narnia flopped they won’t continue with the “series” anymore. And come December, we have the Voyage of the Dawn Trader.

Then, you have to take note of the new viewers or the non-fans. It is almost as sure that the film should somehow be stand-alone despite it being a sequel or being the seventh outing. Think the X-men trilogy or even the Indiana Jones series. I know this might be a subject for debate but as much as possible that this is always the case. We are not just watching something that can be seen on TV where they add “To Be Continued” at the end of the film, except of course in this case that it is quite clear that there are two parts.

The middle part of the film is “boring”. That is probably the sentiment of the common film viewer; notice how I inject back my “review”. We also have to accept that the director is an artist. It was quite obvious with the background shots where there are scenes with the actors and at the same time he’s introducing the place’s magnificent beauty. Sometimes, we just tend to look for action but it is not always the case.

The whole film encases us that from the start up until the end, it will be dark. I know a lot of parents brought their children to watch the film and actually, it is a welcome film for them. I remember in the eighties where there are nude scenes and probably hard-action films that I could’ve seen, but there’s no memory of it in my head, well except for that Charles Bronson film where the guy was tortured and his innards where protruding out of his chest and stomach area. And I’m stopping right there.

One thing I didn’t like was the cheesiness of the Ron and Hermione scenes. Here’s my take on that, I didn’t mind a few of those and those are probably a set-up for the hallucination scene. But film viewers of today are actually intelligent people. Even the common person can point out that there is something between the two. It would’ve been nice if they could’ve just toned that one down.

Aside from the things that I’ve mentioned above the film is actually good. With the various methods of fast-paced action scenes: the ambush of the death eaters, the wand fight at the food place, the destruction of the wedding, the various Ministry of Magic scenes, and even the “horrifying” Hermione torture are all welcome. It is welcome for me, since I can still vividly remember them despite a single and a partial viewing only.

I also have to add that the Ginny and Harry pairing is effective for me, as said it doesn’t have to be really cheesy as previously mentioned. It was just right actually. And one more, the animation of the three brother’s story in the Lovegood household is incredulous. Whoever came up with that, it is actually a good addition in the film.

The deaths are also welcome and even the injury ridden protagonists with the likes of one of the Weasley twin and Ron. I heard that Hedwig was given light but the film provides us otherwise as I even hurrah’d in the theater because I really wanted Hedwig to die, for some self-absorbed reasons.

And if Gollum exerted evil in film, Dobby gave us a wonderful death, despite him being a CGI that gave me goose bumps up until I left the theater.


If you want to see Part 2 spoilers, grab a copy of that HP film Wizardry book. Bank and Room of Requirement pictures galore.


~ by targrod on November 21, 2010.

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