I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.
#8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part I (spoilers)
The Challenge: to watch 365 movies I have never seen before in 2011.
So I actually watched this back in January, when walking on my knee was still really difficult, so God, laughing at me as always, had New York covered with ice and slush. I didn’t want to watch it while I was in Prague because I wanted the Imax experience, but it wasn’t playing there anymore by the time I got home.
It’s Harry Potter, so I’m only going to give you a synopsis to the point of saying the movie ends after the trio has been captured, escapes Bella, visits the Shell Cottage, and certain beloved character is mortally wounded.
I don’t like the Harry Potter movies. I never have, and probably never will. I’m an avid Harry Potter book fan, and I’m not proud of the fact that I can’t separate the novels from their film adaptations and just enjoy them for what they are, because they certainly have gotten better. The fact that I can’t sit through repeated viewings says something about the movies, because any media I consume - music, books, films, even magazines sometimes - I consume over and over and over again. And I will say this - I’m not universally angry at movie-versions of books I love. Holes and Little Children are fantastic adaptations of their source material, even if the latter does something pretty significantly different with the ending. Satisfying HP books lovers would not have been impossible, but harder.
That said, this movie didn’t make me as angry as usual. I really fucking wanted to see the Erumpent horn blow the house up, and that scene when Ron comes back was really fucking weird. But I wasn’t as angry. I do think that stems from the fact that I haven’t read the 7th book since the beginning of last summer, at least, so I’m sure I’ll be furious after part II post re-reading.
See it / Meh / Skip it (though I’m extremely biased)