Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford

Deathly Hallows Part 1 Thoughts

Well, after watching Deathly Hallows Part 1 a second time, it's time to go over some thoughts. Let's go through some good points first. The general tone and pacing of the movie were very in line with the book. The slowness of some parts might not be the best for some casual movie fans, but it is very good for book lovers. I thought the acting was very good, as well. I enjoyed the Harry and Ron tension. I enjoyed seeing Hermione's quiet sadness over Ron's leaving. Even the Harry-Hermione dance scene was more enjoyable the second time around. And Draco's indecision was well acted, too. He doesn't do a lot (which is in line with the book), but at least he did his part well.

But even though Ron was probably at his best acting-wise this movie, they missed an opportunity to go farther with his character during Hermione's torture. In the book, Ron was screaming to Hermione as she was tortured. Over and over again he called to her. At one point, he is described as sobbing and hitting the walls with his fists. It was a heartbreakingly beautiful scene. I wanted so much to see that emotion, and I wonder why it was not there. The only thing I could come up with was that they didn't want to scare the children too much. I felt the the scene was toned down for that reason. I did like the part that Emma and Helena came up with of the carving of "Mudblood" into Hermione's arm. But other that that, I think they downplayed that scene too much. Especially for being the climax of the movie.

I thought the Deathly Hallows animation was wonderful. It was nice and tinged with dark and just really well done. Assorted other great things: I noticed a lot of lines from the book, like Ron interrupting Hermione at the start of the story. The reading, though a bit cut down, had some good lines taken right from the book like: "And so Death took the first brother for his own". I thought Emma's reading was quite well done.

I also really enjoyed the beginning of the movie where Hermione modifies her parents' memories. It makes me tear up right away. But that leads me to some bad parts. Or well, just exclusions I was not at all pleased about. We had no resolution with the Dursleys. Very disappointing. And then, no life-debt resolution with Wormtail. Extremely disappointing! It almost looked like it was filmed and just cut out. :/ I also really missed not being able to see Luna's room or the Potter memorial for more sentimental reasons. I think they would have looked lovely on film.

So, overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I think it caught the tone perfectly and followed a lot of the plot points well, leading to a (mostly) very faithful adaptation. However, I'm sort of annoyed that even after splitting the movie, they couldn't fit in a few major plot points.

I'm both excited for the last movie and dreading it. I never want the magic to end. :(
Tags: books, fandom, harry potter, movies

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