Posted on 11/20/10 12:51 AM
Harry Potter has been one of the most prestigious form of entertainment since its inception. From novels to film adaptions, it has never failed to please the faithful and shock the newcomers. All Harry Potter films carry a sense of accomplishment and virtue amongst friends and enemies. This latest installment however failed to meet its own expectations. It has a nice buildup but I felt it needed more material despite the lengthy time this film took to explore very little concepts of the book itself. This film beneath the extraordinary hype is none more then a legitimate disappointment. And I am here to tell you why.
The film starts off almost where it left off from The Half Blood Prince. Hogwarts is in turmoil and all the evil wizards have taken the world by storm. Harry and friends are back home not sure of what is to come and must find a way to end the treachery. Such as the destruction of the horcruxes and the dethroning of Voldermort. Harry cant do it on his own so everyone especially his school buddies Ron and Hermoine must help him achieve the impossible. Going through countless puzzles and dramatic dilemmas about who Hermoine truly loves. And of course the whole Deathly Hallows thing which ends up being a fable but with large importance. All of this is presented slowly into the film. Being bombarded by filler content and using all of its emotional strain to make this film as long as it is. Some seem pointless but others force the actors to truly shine. The drift between Ron and Harry and the countless mysteries hidden away in Harry's mind eats away hours and forcibly becoming the known accomplishment in the entirety. Making this film more or less a drag and a boring drag. At least the actors made it fun, for what its worth.
In all of this hype, you think of awesome spells and explosive magic to light up the screen but instead the action were short burst of chasing scenes and a bunch of fast pace wand action that is hardly ever concieved as epic. So many times it seems the "chosen one" is hardly powerful at all. Instead he relies on Hermoine's brain and Ron's ruthlessness to achieve something that should've taken Harry minutes to fully understand. Instead its weeks and boring weeks.
The exploration are none the less memories of Hermoine and truly nothing to look upon. Its not dazzling although it does do the film justice by showing the gloomy side of Hogwarts nation after the so call invasion. Nothing is really pretty and it was gray far and in between. It makes an interesting case for being a more emotional and darker film than the previous but even then it did not impress. The visuals were hardly taken advantage of because magic seemed like a lost art in the film. You spend most of the time with the three kids rambling around random settings, sleeping in tents, and reading books. At the same time, avoiding danger altogether.
It does do a nice job of presenting its characters and the maturity of our heroes but that's all it really does. Its a tedious experience throughout and is marked by at the least strong emotional scenes. So it gives us a chance to cry, laugh, or love but not entertained. So more couldve been done and so much more couldve improved upon what it already has. As for side characters, they are hardly noticed at all and that's a shame because some of them are interesting and fun. Like Luna and the Weasly twins.
I feel like this is a more personal film and the journey that we embark on is what makes this a seemingly memorable experience. To remind us what it took for Harry to defeat evil and so forth. It may have accomplished that or so it seems. Like I said, so little was accomplished in this film. It definitely needed more material or for instance, accomplishments and or victories. To much of Harry losing battles or finding himself troubled or confused, never did the chosen one showed his prowess. Instead its a bunch of failures combined. In the end tho, the film felt nice enough to allow Harry to have one victory or two depending what film you saw.
You could argue that this is a stepping stone into greatness, so nitpicking is somewhat prohibited. Harry needs a few bad days to truly crown the finale. Even then, it didn't feel like a sequel at all. Or at the least half of it. It was a boring experience throughout and even when excitement did kick in, it knocked itself back down to the horrible boring "lets all travel to some plain place and think about this" thing. Yes, that was the film. Investigation after investigation with no real answers, just more investigation. Not to mention, it was all done in cold and creepy places.
A coulda, woulda, shoulda film that wont impress anyone but has enough clinks to make this a passable Harry Potter. But in many regards, it is the weakest of the series. Such shame as it is. It has heart but hardly exciting. The strange thing was I never wanted the film to end because I was waiting for something awesome. Fortunately, it never did.