I watched the penultimate Harry Potter movie at midnight Friday. It’s a miracle I stayed awake while waiting for midnight and a further miracle that I stayed awake through the whole movie. This difficulty staying awake had nothing to do with the film itself and all to do with my working 40 hours a week, having a typical bedtime of 10:30 PM, and waking up at 6 AM most days. Even with my tiredness the next day, it was so worth it. The movie was fabulous. It captured the first half of the Deathly Hallows almost perfectly.
Apparently, reviewers were falling asleep, but because they thought the movie was slow. I feel like every review I’ve read was written by someone who hasn’t read or doesn’t love the books. It’s SUPPOSED to be slower in some parts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are wandering around the UK trying to save the world but they have no idea how. Of course everything won’t move at the speed of light. They’re searching, they’re confused, they’re wandering. And really, they’re in the mountains and forests of the UK, so every background is gorgeous. With or without the UK landscape, the film captured the frustration, desperation, and despair of the trio.
I think it was the best of the Harry movies so far. Deathly Hallows was my favorite of the books, which is perhaps why I enjoyed the films so much. I can’t really picture things when I read, so by watching the movie I could finally see what I’d read. I can’t believe there’s only one film left.