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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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chickflit Wed 13-Jul-11 18:36:52

I've just been to the cinema to see this and to my surprise enjoyed it as I'm not a fan of the HP films preferring the books.

We watched it in 3D and at times it was amazing, I would go so far as to say it's the best film I've seen in the 3D format.

I took my 6 year old DS and we bumped into a classmate of the same age in the cinema and the boys did not find it scary or sad at all - in fact the part of the film that distressed them both the most was "the kiss" which they both gave a very French "beurk". So if anyone who has younger children was considering but was concerned I'd say go for it.

I can't comment on the language because we watched it in French but I was surprised by how many "merdes" were being flung about so maybe there is some bad language in the English version.

TyMinisterForMagic Wed 13-Jul-11 18:38:27

Oooh not fair! Bloody english cinemas are not showing it till friday envy

akaemmafrost Thu 14-Jul-11 21:54:25

I saw it today as well, I am in the Middle East.

Brilliant, excellent, fabulous, everything I would have wished for. Cried a lot though. A fine ending.

The only thing that spoiled it was the woman who thought it acceptable to answer her phone and conduct a full scale conversation throughout the last twenty minutes. Apparently this is common here hmm.

schroeder Fri 15-Jul-11 13:16:57

Did you people watch the same film? confused

I was so disappointed I've hardly ever seen such a poorly plotted film, with zero character development.

It was all Harry; Ron and Hermione hardly get to say 2 words! When they kiss at the wrong moment and Harry's not even there and there's no dialogue, they just do it and that's it. hmm

The liberties taken with the story line were massive I can't believe Rowling had anything to do with it.

(I did like the dragon though smile)

HarrietJones Fri 15-Jul-11 18:24:15

Dh saw part of it yesterday when he was setting it up( projectionist). He's working on it today so will get some report tonight. He said the first showing was all adults!

Teaslegirl Fri 15-Jul-11 20:09:10

I went and saw the double bill showing - part one and two last night with my 18 year old daughter. We loved lots of it , felt they had moved too far from the book in a couple of places and both cried. End of an era for me as she's grown up with HP.

NarcissaMalfoy Fri 15-Jul-11 20:36:04

Noooo I don't want bad reviews, I'm going tomorrow and I've been looking forward to it forever.

<fingers in ears>

TyMinisterForMagic Fri 15-Jul-11 20:47:24

I learnt from the first film to detach it from the book, and for that aspect can enjoy the books and films for different reasons IYKWIM. smile

akaemmafrost Fri 15-Jul-11 20:49:09

narcissa its GREAT, honestly. I blubbed a lot though.

Yes it does take big steps away from the book but it stands up well. I really enjoyed.

dearprudence Fri 15-Jul-11 20:55:39

I enjoyed it better than part 1. Two horcruxes destroyed within the first hour, and it was building to a conclusion and a big finale, so it didn't drag as much as part 1.

As you'd expect, so much of it is rushed. The Snape storyline in particular was dealt with in about five minutes. But the effects were good and DS (9) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Blubbed a lot, but in the book I really cried during the very last chapter, but in the film I found it too rushed and not very touching.

Oakmaiden Fri 15-Jul-11 20:58:21

I found the pensieve bit very emotive - but agree that the end was not as emotional as in the book.

Just back. Loved it. Cried A LOT at the pensieve bit. Nice touches of humour amongst the chaos. Alan Rickman bloody brilliant.

Yes, it took some liberties and the kiss was wrong but I do understand why they moved it.

Some of the battle effects were incredible - LOVED the McGonagall army! In fact, loved Maggie Smith totally. Neville was the star of the show though.

schroeder Fri 15-Jul-11 21:35:01

Remus why do you think they moved the kiss? I mean I was glad we got to see Ron and Hermione off doing something because in the book it is a bit pathetic how they just come back from the chamber of secrets horcrux dispatched and that's that.

But the best bit about R &H's kiss is the line about the house elves then the kiss then Harry saying 'Now?'hmm That's the whole point.

Don't get me started on Neville and Nagini! grin

Yes re the house elves and that then justifies most of the earlier SPEW stuff which seemed so long and random at the time BUT they already had a zillion characters running around and they'd already taken the liberty of having Ron speak Parseltongue (which I've never felt rang quite true in the book either) onstage rather than offstage, so it worked to see them snog after doing something clever together, as much as it would have worked to see them snog then be surrounded by fork-wielding elves. BUT it is better in the book, of course - because it's Hermione finally losing all of her inhibitions at Ron's moment of empathy at the seeming to be end of everything! I did like their little giggle afterwards.

SecretNorbertFix Fri 15-Jul-11 21:55:52

Loved it. There were lots of wet eyes and sniffling. Mrs Weasley got a cheer at the showing I was just atgrin

I do think that Rickman stole the show, despite how little he was on screen.

I thought the shots of Rickman in front of the cot were incredible - superlative acting. Sob. sad

lucykate Fri 15-Jul-11 22:03:16

"not my daughter, you bitch" grin superb!

I didn't think they made enough of the Molly moment - they could have drawn it out more and played with them circling each other a bit more. I also thought that Fred's death was made too little of. Loved the bit where Remus and Tonks reach for each other's hands though.

SecretNorbertFix Fri 15-Jul-11 22:57:24

Was I imagining that George's ear had grown back?

He had a bit of an ear-stump, I think. smile

LawrieMarlow Fri 15-Jul-11 23:12:40

I was thinking that and trying to decide if he had two ears again.

Watched Part 1 last night and Part 2 earlier this evening and enjoyed them a lot (apart from Italian teenagers behind me this evening who seemed to feel that talking through the film was a good idea angry.

Need to reread the book now so I can join in properly with the "but it wasn't like that in the book" grin

startail Fri 15-Jul-11 23:33:00

Our audience clapped when Mollie killed Bellatrix.
I thought it was very good and not too far from the book.

FoofusScrimgeour Fri 15-Jul-11 23:44:05

Just got back. Loved it. I am such a pain when it comes to films wandering too far from the book and was prepared to be disappointed in places but found once I was there and watching I didn't actually care.
Loved Prof. Mcgonagall. Maggie Smith wonderful as always. Neville was a star in his own right. To be honest after all the action I would have thought they might have made more of the final showdown. It seemed small and over quickly.
Comedy came in the form of a woman, who in the quiet not at the end just before the coda, was heard very loudly sobbing her heart out. At which point the entire auditorium erupted in howls of laughter!

FoofusScrimgeour Fri 15-Jul-11 23:45:18

Quiet bit at the end

Longtime Sat 16-Jul-11 00:31:48

For the first time, I decided not to reread the book (or at least in this case half a book) before watching the film because otherwise I spend too much time saying "it wasn't like that in the book". I was still aware of differences of course as I have read the books several times but not as much as usual and as a result I enjoyed the film more.

I saw it on Wednesday (Belgium) with the dcs. Dd and I are going back with friends tomorrow!

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