Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Day 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Welcome to the seventh day of my eight-day long Harry Potter marathon. This is purely because I have not seen any of the Harry Potter's and I promised a whole lot of people that I'd watch 'em all when the last DVD came out. That was over a month ago, so I have to do it now. I will be blogging about my journey through Hogwarts...and such.
Well, now we have arrived at the big one. Deathly Hallows Part 1 is, of course, the first part of the epic finale to this series. I had to keep reminding myself that this was only released last year and my friends were going crazy of it only last year, because after watching them all I got used to these movies being over five years old. One of the bizarre side-effects of watching all of the movies at once. Anyhoo, from an outsider's perspective:
-I loved the way this movie opened. It shows a close up of Minister Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) eyes, as he says "These are dark times, there is no denying." Then it shows all of the cameras flashing in otherwise completely dark place, with him standing in the centre. It seemed like something out of a political thriller. It was very stylish indeed.
-Haha, the scene where everyone turns into Harry Potter is quite hilarious. Especially Fleur Delacour's transformation.
-Fred Weasley: How you feeling, Georgie?
George Weasley: ...Saint-like.
Fred Weasley: ...Come again?
George Weasley: Saint-like.
[points to ear]
George Weasley: I'm holey.
-Fleur Delacour is back. I felt like her character had the potential to be so much more.
-Speaking of Fleur, I really liked her wedding dress. It was...different.
-Of course, that wedding wasn't going to be a joyous occasion. When are they ever in movies or TV shows? Why can't someone just have a happy, disaster free wedding for once? When I become a director, I'm going to put a happy wedding in my movie just to show that it can happen. The Death-eaters can stay the hell away.
-I loved how Harry, Hermione and Ron just suddenly turn up in the city. And I also love how Hermione has a bag filled with tricks. I just really like Hermione. If I was a student at Hogwarts, she'd be the kind of friend I'd like to have around.
-That fight in the cafe was pretty epic. I love how they can use wands like guns. Wands are a hundred times more interesting, though.
-I also loved how the three impersonate those members of the Ministry of Magic. That was cool.
-I liked Hermione's jacket, a lot. I want that jacket.
-And shame Umbridge. Whenever you go down, it is a happy occasion.
-This movie is quite dark about it's romantic strain. Especially when Ron has all those visions of Harry being far better than him, and then Harry and Hermione having a little 'snog' together.
-I also love how everyone kinda falls apart. When I say everyone, I mean that Ron decides to ditch Harry and Hermione. I must admit, all of them were being quite selfish, so I don't know how they put up with each other for so long.
-The scene where Hermoine reads the story about the Deathly Hallows is beautifully made. Interesting direction that David Yates took, to animate the story. And the animation style was beautiful, too. Somebody should make a whole movie with that.
-The scene when Bellatrix captures them all is pretty intense. Especially when Bellatrix tortures Hermione. Helena Bonham Carter is such a good actress.
-But that bitch killed Dobby. No one kills Dobby. It's such a shame that Dobby wasn't around so much because then I would have felt much more sad than I did. Still, it brought a tear to my eye, particularly as Dobby had just exclaimed that he was a "free elf". Such a heartfelt moment in the series.
-I've gone through this whole post without a love letter to Ralph Fiennes. He does tremendous work in this movie. God bless him. I love the way his voice sounds, too. Very nice.
-The end was nice enough, considering this was only half of the story. I am quite lucky that I didn't have to wait like, nine months to see what happened after that.
I actually really liked this movie. If it wasn't for Deathly Hallows Part 2, this would be my favourite. It was top entertainment.
What I got: