Thursday, July 28, 2011

Movie of the Week - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The movie has been out for almost 2 weeks so you may be sick of hearing about it but we only just saw it last night. We decided to wait until the crowds died down a bit. The 7:35, non-3D showing still had a packed house.

I've only read the first two books but I've seen all the movies. The movies have been mixed for me. Sometimes not enough story, sometimes hard to fallow without having read the book, but on the whole I've enjoyed them.

Deathly Hallows Part 1 was pretty long and kind of dull. It was all set up for the final confrontation between you know who and Lord Shall Not be Named. We watched it again last week just to remind us of what happened. My opinion is that the final movie is great. It is about as satisfying a conclusion to the series as could be hoped for.

Throughout this series, Harry Potter has grown from a young boy, unsure of himself, unsure of his friends, and unsure of the danger that he is in. He is ignorant of the world and his place in it. Powers that he doesn't understand have control of him. Throughout the series he has grown and matured. He learns of his power. He learns of the forces arrayed against him. In this movie, now confident, although still scared, he knows he has been a pawn, has been shaped as a tool toward a specific end, but accepts his role and is willing to make whatever sacrifice to save what he can of those he loves and who love him.

Lord Voldemort has gone from a vague shadowy presence, an unknown force that cannot be named to become the great power that he always knew himself to be. Supremely confident in his power, he cannot believe that lesser beings than himself have prepared the way for his downfall, using his own power against him.

I was totally justified in my belief that the motivations of Snape were not what they seemed.

Be warned, that this movie is pretty violent. Great magically powers are harnessed against Harry and great magical powers are on his side. At the interface of those powers, people and creatures die left and right.

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