Harry Potter mini-review
Okay – I’m only going to comment briefly on the latest Harry Potter movie. [spoiler alert]I liked it for the most part. The book is one of the best, and by and large the movie followed suit. There are always cuts and sacrifices that need to be made for the sake of time and pacing and directors often have different ideas about what should or should not be cut. Certainly nothing as egregious as the third LOTR movie was to be found in the sixth HP.
But what the hell was going on with the anti-climactic let-down of an ending? In the book the death eaters and the students Harry tutored in the fifth book battle it out on the ramparts of Hogwarts castle. Chaos ensues. At the same time Draco wrestles with his mission to assassinate Dumbledore, and when Snape appears it is amidst general mayhem.
But in the movie it is a silent affair. There is no battle, no chaos – indeed, no reason for the Death Eaters to even be there at all. And the scene is entirely flat. Unlike much of the rest of the film it is almost surreal in its sense of calm – and not, may I add, in a good or effective way.
I liked the movie. I’d see it again and probably will someday, and I’ll enjoy it then too. But why end on such a stale note? I just can’t understand the thought process here. Whereas the last two or three movies were exciting and gripping up to the last moment, this one just fell on its face. Snape’s revelation that he is, in fact, the Half-Blood Prince, doesn’t carry the surprise or weight that it did in the book. It seemed oddly irrelevant.
Am I wrong? Anyone else see it yet?