Early review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows reveals 2 problems

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One very lucky Potter fan got to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Their review lists only two problems. Are they on the same level as the previous film's omission of one crucial scene? Judge for yourself.


The insider review, over at Coming Soon, comes from someone named "Kyle" — here are his issues with the first part of the final Harry Potter chapter:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is a great continuation of the series, thematically and visually in line with films 5 and 6. Though it is a fast-paced film, with several nice setpieces and much-improved performances from the young cast, it does suffer from two major problems. First, it faithfully adapts the seventh book, including the book's own problems. The "camping in the wilderness" scenes become quite repetitive, and the attempts at drama/angst amongst the trio during these scenes comes off as tired. Also, the scenes involving the locket horcrux causing its wearer to be angry/aggressive are far too reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. All three young stars acquit themselves admirably, however, doing the best they can with the material. Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, in particular, are quite good.

The second problem with the film, and this may be fixed by the time the final cut is released, is the editing. Some scenes feel utterly rushed and incoherent (Godric's Hollow, for example). Others go on for far too long (Ron becomes jealous, etc.). There are several flashes / dream sequences that demonstrate Voldemort's search for the Elder Wand. These are bizarrely edited and poorly executed. Luckily, they are just a small fraction of the film.

Despite these issues, this was a quality film on par with films 5 and 6, both of which I quite enjoyed. As with those films, the cinematography is beautiful. There are several creative and dramatic shots throughout the film, so that even if one gets bored, you could just stare in awe at the scenery. The beginning of the film is also quite exciting, including some hilarious scenes with multiple "Harry"s, and a series of great action sequences... Another effective sequence involves the trio escaping to a small cafe in London, and a resulting fight that involves wands and spells but feels more like a shootout.

Sounds valid. The last few films have been a bit jumbled at times as well. And to be fair, as this review seems to be, it was less an issue with the film and more an issue with the complex subject matter.

The Leaky Cauldron has an even more detailed run-down of the film. A few important and VERY SPOILERY highlights are as follows:

* The current running time for this rough cut was about two and a half hours.
* A unique and innovative animation tells the story of the Deathly Hallows.
* David Barron confirmed that the final split for the film will indeed be when Lord Voldemort takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave.
* The Seven Potter sequence features Mr. Radcliffe changing, character by character, as the camera pans around the room. He is left in the original clothes of the character, and with their voice.
* Hedwig does die, returning to the chase sequence to defend Harry from Voldemort.

To read the entire reviews, head over to ComingSoon.net and The Leaky Cauldron. Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 hits theaters November 19th.



"...more an issue with the complex subject matter."

I would avoid complex (these books are ridiculously simplistic) and go with: convoluted.

Never have I seen/read anything as ridiculous non-character driven get so popular. Harry never even makes a choice in the entire series (not strictly true, but essentially true). Someone is trying to kill you, run away. Here is a spell that I will teach you that has no real relation to anything that is happening and that in only one in a million circumstances will be helpful and that you haven't worked your way up to...and it will be the only thing to miraculously save your life in three hundred pages. Someone is trying to kill you again, run. Oh look, boobies and hormones, act like a dick. Someone is trying to kill you again, run. Wow, what a hero... For all the plot points in these books, it is a character that is simply buffeted by the winds important only for the reason that people believe he is important (which in the hands of a skilled writer could have been an interesting point) and who possesses the self-awareness and motivation of a toddler. If it weren't for the supporting characters having their own little backgrounds, the series would collapse under the weight of the worthless protagonist.

/rant. I'll still end up seeing the last movies.