Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

20101119:
This movie suffered from being half the book. It had built up loads of excitement, but left most of it up in the air.

With that being said, I'm happy the final book got split into two movies (I wish more of the books were done that way). But I can't help but imagine it will be more enjoyable to watch both halves of the movie in one sitting. I hope such an option will be available in theaters during the release of part 2.

Like the last movie, this film was filled with some hilarious lines, but toned down in comparison. For example, "The heart-warming light." and "Let's take a vote."

Some scenes didn't happen the way I had pictured them when I read the story, but I haven't read the book in a while (about a year and a half ago) and of course a movie takes liberties in interpretation. In particular, this movie emphasized Ron and Hermione's roles beyond my original expectations - which is good. It was, however, strange after I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) just the other day which was heavily centered on Harry Potter. It might even be argued that Ron had a bigger role in this film than Harry. Actually, I did get the sense that Ron and Hermione were equals to Harry when I read the seventh book, but my point is the movie pushed the idea even further, which I like.

The seventh book had a lot of great action and those passages made their way into this film. Furthermore, this movie managed to portray more of the action of the books compared to some of the other movies with respect to their corresponding books.

In different words, this portion of the story gets the benefit of focusing less on character relationships and more on the action. Consequently, the movie would be better enjoyed by someone who has read all the books and/or seen all the movies over someone who has only seen a couple of the movies.

Related to watching the movie and not about the movie itself:
Oy, there were advantages and disadvantages to watching the 3:15 am IMAX Showing. One: there were less people and I could guarantee getting there early. We were told there were about 120 tickets for that showing. While there were about 8 or 10 midnight showings. I think I got there around 10:45 pm and probably wouldn't have gotten a good seat. In addition, there was no guarantee that I wouldn't have gotten loss on the bus, which had happened to me two years ago when I first tried going to White Marsh to get to IKEA. But the trip this time went flawlessly. I caught the 22 at 9:20 pm, got off at the right stop at 9:40 pm, and transferred to the 35 at 10:08 pm. Getting to White Marsh at around 10:38 pm. Then I studied. Now, I had to guarantee staying awake, so I gave myself a stomach ache by drinking one of those Starbuck's Frappucino bottles, a cup of caffeine, and when I got to the theater a large soda. I drank all that, got a refill, then the stomach didn't feel good, so I bought curly fries. It felt a little better. I was able to watch the movie fine, but the stomach was upset and the mind was tired on the way home. And the trouble was not being able to sleep since I was already pass that point, where your mind is in limbo. I was ever glad to get home, showered, put on a blindfold and waited to fall asleep. It took a while. I think I managed three good hours. The mind definitely felt better to get those three hours. So that was a disadvantage, the waiting and the tiredness. Advantage: I think the IMAX experience helped the movie. Though I couldn't be entirely sure, it's the second movie I've seen in IMAX. I think. Unless IMAX 3D is always an IMAX experience. After some light reading, I believe these are the IMAX movies I've seen: The Human Body (2001), Avatar: The IMAX 3D Experience (2010), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: The IMAX Experience (2010). Oh right, I lost $2 convenience charge by using Fandango when apparently the IMAX showing wasn't crowded and coming early would have been okay, but I guess I wanted to be on the safe side. Was the extra cost for the IMAX Experience worth it? I think it was, especially since I normally don't go watch movies in theaters.

[20101206][20171126 Edit]

20110707:
I'm glad I got to watch the ending without a bunch of teenagers laughing through a dramatic scene. For this viewing, one person in the group was watching the film for the first time. Her impression of the movie was something along the line of good, but filled with a lot of uninteresting scenes. Indeed, part of the movie is just them wandering aimlessly. This would have been a good time for a montage.

We watched the deleted scenes and liked the one between Dudley and Harry. There was a scene between Aunt Petunia and Harry, but that one was emotionally flat. One of the scenes that took place while they were camping would have been informational, but given the film-makers already had so much of the traveling, it's removal probably helped the already slow pacing.

Overall, my experience with the Harry Potter movies is that I enjoyed immersing myself in the world and overarching story of the book, and that interest enhances my enjoyment of the movie. Otherwise, the Harry Potter series tends to suffer from the occasional drop in performance on the part of the actors and actresses.

We started this movie around 11:30 pm and finished around 2 in the morning. We spent some time after watching some of the special features and discussing the movie.

Oh, I almost forgot to emphasize how much I love the animation sequence that tells the story of the Deathly Hallows. It might be my favorite scene in the movie.

I don't mind the ending so much now that I know that's where the movie ends, sort of like with my first viewing of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). Regardless, I'd want to see the first and second part in one sitting, and perhaps with some of the deleted scenes included, and some of the included scenes deleted.

[20110711]

Instant Comments:
3: Hedwig
3: Wand connection
3: Babbitty Rabbitty
3: That's an awkward cheek brush. ("Hermione, you're the best at spells.")
3: That's a powerful patronus.
3: "Yeah, I'm still here."
1: Awkward scene: the dance.
3: "I open at the close."
1: Favorite scene was the Deathly Hallows story.
3: When Bathilda first approached them, the caption said "[FLY BUZZES]"
3: "[INSECT BUZZES]"
1: Unexpected scene: the sensual one.
3: "Right, yeah. Antlers."
3: Three left? The three destroyed are Tom Riddle's diary, Marvolo Gaunt's ring, and now Salazar Slytherin's Locket.
3: Ha. Engorgio on the flame.
3: Mudblood (written onto Hermione's arm)
3: Unscrewing that chandelier.
1=20101119 (Post-Movie Comments), 3=20171125

Released 20101119.
Watched 20101119 Theatre. AMC Loews White Marsh 16 [HARRY POTTER AND T] 3:15 AM $15.50 (Midnight Showing) (The IMAX Experience)
Watched 20110707 Blu-ray
Watched 20171125 Blu-ray (English subtitles)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) David Yates. 146 min. [botn Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) by J.K. Rowling]


Relevant Links:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (IMDb.com)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (Wikipedia.org)
My Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) post

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