Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – I think I’m past the point where this series of films can really wow me, but I still enjoy it. I suppose the fact that they divided it into two gave them more of an opportunity to stick closely to the book, as opposed to some of the earlier movies that came across as just run-downs of highlights. What was particularly weird is that they apparently decided they needed to put in characters they’d left out of the earlier movies, like Bill Weasley and Mundungus Fletcher, and it was weird seeing them introduced as if they were new. Honestly, I kind of see this as poor preparation on the part of the filmmakers, but I guess they didn’t necessarily know what elements would be important later on. I remember reading something when Order of the Phoenix came out about how Rowling insisted they leave Kreacher in for the movie, although now that I know what role he played I’m actually not sure why she was insistent about him in particular.
The ending was also pretty abrupt, but I guess where they left it off made a certain amount of sense.
By the way, filmmakers, what was up with all the implied nudity? When they had the scene with all the duplicates of Harry changing their clothes, and later Harry himself taking off his clothes to retrieve the sword, I was whispering to Beth about Equus. Then they had that vision of Ron’s with Harry and Hermione both topless. You couldn’t see any of the naughty bits, of course, but still. Are they trying to compete with all the toplessness in the Twilight movies? Also, if Fleur is supposed to be some supernatural half-veela beauty, then how come the actress playing her isn’t really that attractive? I mean, she’s all right; I’m not trying to be insulting or anything, as much as it sounds like I am. She just comes across as kind of plain for someone who’s supposed to be a total hottie.
And is Helena Bonham Carter capable of playing any role other than a filthy psycho? Fortunately, that’s appropriate for Bellatrix Lestrange.
Anyway, when is Part 2 coming out?