Wednesday, July 27, 2011

iMovieBuff: Harry Potter 7: The Deathly Hallows II.

*So this is bidding farewell to a friend whom we have became so fond of for the past decade.

Yes, I know, Voldemort's face, memang nak kena pukul.

But anyhows, here's what I think of HP coming from a huge fan of the book.

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, young, clean and cute, 2001.

I know this felt like it was just yesterday right? I have been a Harry Potter fan since the very first book (Ya call me a Hairy Pottie nerd.) but never the movie really. I have always felt that the movie never really do the book justice except for the very first one(The Sorcerer's Stone). Though I have diligently went to the cinemas for every sequel only to have excited the hall with disappointment, but to my delight, the last(The Deathly Hallows) and final episode was not that much of a disappointment.

The trios once again, 2011, all grown up, the same but perhaps with extra hair at unforeseen areas now.

And so, why did I hate HP2-6 and loved HP1&7? If you have read the book, I think you would pretty much agree with me. But anyhow, here's why:

#1. Terrible story telling.
Seriously, I have always wondered, how can anyone in their right mind, understand what the hell is the movie trying to tell the audience? I honestly couldn't understand the whole brilliant idea and story of Harry Potter if I did not read the books myself. I remembered, even though I have read the books, I was very much blurred myself when they did a 5 chapter long story and details into a 5 minutes scene. Imagine how much important details were left out!

#2. Terrible actors.
I am not shy to say this, but Daniel Radcliffe must have been the worse candidate to be Harry Potter. For starters, he can't act for reals, well, that is at least till HP7(He surprised me with his performance in this sequel, it was satisfactory). And not to mention them choosing people like Robert Pattinson(Edward Cullen from Twilight) for the supposedly MOST handsome student in Hogwards, Cedric Diggory. I'm sorry, I might be a bit bias, cause as a girl, I was really looking forward to see who this handsome dude is going to be, and when HP4 came out, it was again, another let down.

oh, if you din't know, Wormtail don't look like this. He's a lot shorter and fatter.
#3. Terrible effort in depicting the story.
Okay, maybe this couldn't be counted as one of the reasons cause different people have different imagination, but yes, for me, so far, the different directors haven't really depicted the story in the way I best imagine the wizardry world to be. So yes, wasn't satisfied at how the monsters looked like, the building/ place looked like, and how the story was told. *bizzz* There goes another no-no buzz.

But then, like I said, I was happy with Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows both part 1 & 2 and I'm glad that they have decided to make the movie into two parts, a decision I believe they should have taken a few chapters back. So here's why I am glad that the legacy of HP ended this way:

#1. Short and sweet.
And by short and sweet, I meant, they finally succeeded in telling the story in the most compact way without leaving out any important information out. I believe, in HP7, if you have not read the book, you still wouldn't leave the cinema feeling "What just happened??" after 2 hours of staring into the huge idiot box. Atleast, you know what happened to Voldemort and why the Elderwand did not reciprocate to him. They have successfully shorten the 600++ pages of HP7 into an altogether 5 hours movie and I believe, they deserve a clap for it. The only thing that they left out which I felt was important was how Neville Longbottom(acted by Matthew Lewis) actually plays a huge role in the HP story. Yea, many of you might not know that actually that plump red cheeked boy, is actually as important as Harry Potter in the story.

#2. Better depiction of the story.
I really think that the director, the team actually, has done a better job in depicting the story closer to my expectation. With the whole "cool" charm that the wizards casts at the end of the show to protect Hogwarts against You-Know-Who, is pretty cool actually. Also not to mention the whole war against good and evil. How they portray the giants and monsters, really well done. But one thing is, I remembered from the books, that the forest creatures were supposed to be on the good side but in the movies however, it was the other way round. So yes, that is one glitch that has kept me wondering. All in all, action scenes, checked.

#3. Better acting skills.
I'm serious when I say I approve of Daniel Radcliff's acting skills. He was definitely much better this time around. And also how Emma Watson and Rupert Grint injected humor and romance into the story to give the whole story a different light, that adds up the commercial value to the movie and also projected how J.K. Rowling's intention in bringing Hermione and Ron together. In this chapter also, to make it more marketable, if you noticed, they have decided to drop the Brit'ish accent, yes, pun intended. Its a smart move really.

It was a huge movie premier in UK two weeks ago where big names which we have grown to love, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, go separate ways. It was a very touching scene at London when the three of them, bid farewell to Harry Potter.

Check this video on the last 10 minutes to the live premiere in London, and hear how the trios and Queen Rowling bid their goodbyes to Harry Potter:

So, I rate HP7 part 2 a 8/10, extra points just cause I'm bias. But do catch the movie, even if you haven't been a Pottie fan since the very beginning. 

No story lives unless someone wants to listen... The stories we love best do live in us forever. So, whatever you come back by page or by big screen Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home
-Queen Rowling

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