Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Review

So the whole splitting this into two movies thing was pretty dumb. I mean, I know there’s a lot of stuff you have to leave out when turning a 500 page book into a two hour long movie, but it didn’t seem to be an issue for the last four Harry Potter movies. But suddenly with this one they decided that you absolutely needed to be shown every single little detail of the story, and that there was no conceivable way they could have done that in less than five hours. And I guess also they decided it would make them a shit ton more money. So you end up with one movie that just feels entirely like buildup, and one movie that feels entirely like payoff. Neither of which are interesting at all without the other. I love me some good buildup, but when there’s no payoff it just feels like you got cheated. That’s exactly why I hate the Blair Witch Project so much. The buildup is done really well, but at some point I want to see a scary witch come out and kill people. That’s one of the major problems that plagues this movie. It also has the same directing issues that the last two movies had. I don’t know who the fuck David Yates is, but he sucks. He just only knows how to do one thing visually. There’s no variety. Everything is just dark and gloomy, it’s no fun to watch. I get that this movie is supposed to be dark and serious, but you can still do that while giving me interesting things look at. Speaking of this movie being super dark for no reason, why do they need to kill everybody? I know it’s the last one, and some major character deaths are always a good way to keep the stakes high, but remember when this was a fun adventure series about a boy wizard? Have we really gotten so far away from that that you need to kill every single comic relief side character in the entire series? This is more of an issue with Part 2, but there are still a lot of really unnecessary deaths in this one. Like, ok, Dobby’s death was like actually a major plot point, so I guess that’s fine, but did Moody need to die? Or the fucking owl? Did Harry’s pet owl real need to be violently murdered trying to defend him? Seriously? All that shit aside, at least there’s finally stuff happening in this one. There’s a cool chase scene to kick it off, and the whole sneaking into the Ministry of Magic sequence was kind of fun. Finally character are doing something other than sitting around talking about how angry they are. Well, for the most part. There is still a lot of that. And what was with that scene where Harry and Hermione start dancing together? That was really weird, right? Anyway, this movie is much better than the previous two, but it still sucks.

Ruling: Does Not Hold Up


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