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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Anybody else see the movie? My take:

The movie was split in a good place. I'm thinking it wasn't enough action if you hadn't read the book. I liked seeing the Lovegood's "house" and the forest. Two of my favorite scenes involved the house elves. Returning with Mundungus having two elves on him and Dobby's declaration to the Malfoy's about being free and saving Harry Potter. My third favorite scene wasn't exactly in the book - at the beginning when Hermonie obliviated her parent's memories (it was mentioned in the book; but as a fact not a scene.) They did that well.

I'm glad they split the movie into two since the "calm" scenes would otherwise have not been shown Disappointed it wasn't in 3D after they said it would be. Some of the scenes would have been cool in 3D.


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I'll have to find a nephew to get an excuse for watching it ;-). I hope the landscape shots are as nice as I heard.
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I was waiting for this movie. Seeing this movie in 3D would have been amazing. I hope they give 2nd part in 3D.
Movie was good. Since I have read the book, I had no difficulty keeping pace with the new characters and rapidly unfolding events.
There is a scene where Voldermort tortures and kills the hogwarts teacher of muggle studies at dinner table. Then he calls Nagini and tells her to have "Dinner" was brilliant. It set the dark tone for the movie.

Another scene was whe we see 7 Harry potters. It was well picturised. Some light scenes like when George catches Harry and Ginni kissing was lovely. The way George reacts at this was hillarious.

In the end I was thinking if I could get to see the second part right away. But they did well to split the movie, else so many beautiful moments would have been lost.

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They said part 2 will be in 3D. Of course they had said that about part 1 as well. I think they will get part 2 in 3D because it is more fighting and less scenery. Which is presumably easier to make 3D.

And I agree. George's reaction was funny!
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Someone I know made an interesting observation. It seems like every time the characters apparate, the director used some weird camera zooms, then a cut to the ground, then a sound effect followed by panning up to see them already there.

I can't believe they didn't have a budget to do the effects, so what was up with that?

And the first battle with all the Harrys...we see a few lighting bolts and that's about it. Then, someone comes back and says Mad-eye is dead. Why not actually show the fight?


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Fred,
Good point. I'd say "children's movie" for not showing Mad-Eye's death, but movie #6 was plenty graphic. And I find it hard to believe 7b won't be.
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I watched it on last Saturday. Obviously, it's not as furnished as the book. I was a bit disappointed that some scenes were shortened. For example, in the book, Creature explains to Harry and his friends what happened to him and to the locket. Also, they spend almost no time on Dumbledore's "bibliography".

Having read the book did waste some good scenes, like the one at Godric's Hollow. All in all, I was a bit disappointed by the first part.


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Christophe,
Which edition of the book did you read? In particular, I'm curious whether "Creature" vs "Kreacher" is a slip of the tongue or it was written that way in another country's edition. I'm guessing it was a slip of the tongue and you're tired because you also wrote "bibliography" instead of "biography" .

I am looking forward to part 2 anyway.
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I read it in French, where Kreacher is called Kreattur. I didn't bother looking for his real name. I'm really down every Monday morning, which might explain the "biography" typo
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To be fair, they really don't spend much time on Dumbledore's bibliography.
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Christophe Verré wrote:I read it in French, where Kreacher is called Kreattur.

Interesting. I never backtranslated to creature even though it is now an obvious pun. So I like that you did it.
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Did you see the puns in Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley? I think one of the movies lampshaded those.

I generally liked the movie, but it went a bit long, and suffered from the lack of a single overarching goal. They needed to find horcruxes, and find out what was meant by deadly hallows, and they needed Godrick's sword, and they needed to hide out. I'd summarize the movie like this: "brood brood brood OH NO RUN FLY SPELLS!!! brood brood brood EXPLOSION!!! RUN DIVE OUT THE WINDOW brood brood brood BLAMMO!! SPELLS FLY FOR YOUR LIFE!!! brood brood brood". That got a little tedious to a non-adolescent (read old dude) like me, but the cinematography was really breathtaking and I am looking forward to the finale.
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Greg Charles wrote:Did you see the puns in Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley?

Not until you called attention to them. I was too involved in the story to notice. Now of course, they are obvious.

Greg Charles wrote: I'd summarize the movie like this: "brood brood brood OH NO RUN FLY SPELLS!!! brood brood brood EXPLOSION!!! RUN DIVE OUT THE WINDOW brood brood brood BLAMMO!! SPELLS FLY FOR YOUR LIFE!!! brood brood brood". That got a little tedious to a non-adolescent (read old dude) like me, but the cinematography was really breathtaking and I am looking forward to the finale.

Fair summary. That's how I found Lord of the Rings. I guess if you don't get into something, it can be simplified. For me, Potter/Narnia are about being in their world since I loved the books. I didn't particularly get into the Lord of the Rings books either so being in the world wasn't as special.
 
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