Special thanks to guest Babbler Julie Schwind for her fan review:
Like most Harry Potter fans, my kids and I have been counting the days until the premiere of Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part 1. I think it is possible that I have been more excited than my kids, having read the book 3 times. I consider this book to be the best in the series, so I had high hopes.
These hopes, however, were tempered with the reality of previous movies and their difficulty in living up to the high standards the novels set. So, I went to the midnight showing of The Deathly Hallows, ready to be entertained, and yet having my expectations set on medium-low.
I have to say, I was very pleased with what I saw for the most part. Despite the expected lack of detail in comparison to the book, this movie was action-packed, creative and mostly true to the original story. So much so that I never noticed when the movie got “slow” in the middle, as many critics have said it does. It was at this point of the movie that I felt the most comfortable and familiar with the story because it was so true to the original. The action slowed down because in the original story, action was not the focus at that time. It felt anything but slow to me. Truthfully, when the movie was over, my response was, “Already? How did it go by so fast?”
I would love to give this movie a 5 out of 5, but I simply cannot. As a parent of kids who love Harry Potter, and as someone who wishes the movie could really hold to the book, the gratuitous sexuality in this movie really turned me off. It took it so far off course from the original story that it seemed to scream “I am only here to boost ticket sales and compete with Twilight!!!” I have no problem with how dark and sometimes frightening this movie was, because this book was often dark and frightening. But when you invent part of the story line in order to sexualize the movie, it is just unnecessary, and therefore out-of-place.
The Deathly Hallows is a feast for the eyes, and certainly captures the spirit of the novel, but falls short of fantastic for me with these unnecessary elements. I did enjoy it greatly, though, and will be seeing it again on Sunday.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5 Babbles.