Posted on 11/13/11 01:12 AM
96%/(8.4 out of 10) is a bit high. It suggests that this movie is as good as any of the LOTR films. And it isn't; it doesn't reach the heights of any of them. I think the critics took a slightly inflated liking to this just because it was very good PLUS the last movie of the series. Add to that the fact that I actually really enjoyed 7.1 and still not sure why the critics were relatively unkind to that one. The quality between the two are about the same to me.
Anyway, with those caveats out of the way, it certainly was a well-crafted, very enjoyable fantasy-adventure film. I haven't read the book yet, so I'm judging it on purely filmic terms. The young cast has visibly grown in skill as much as in physical stature. The performances here are superb by all involved. In fact, I wasn't much of a fan of Radcliffe's Potter through the first, say, 5 movies, so his improvement has been especially notable. Also, a particular sequence involving Snape is the first time a Potter film brought tears to my eyes. Of course, that's because I wasn't expecting the revelation since I haven't read the series. To diehard fans it may not quite move them. I also very much disliked the epilogue; it seemed a little TOO happy and the makeup work wasn't even well-done. Still, very good escapist entertainment. Watching the movies has now induced me to read the books, by the way. So a job well done for that too.