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Friday
Nov192010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Dullness

OK, that title is egregious. It's a fine little movie, the new Harry Potter flick, but it is quite dull in parts.

Here's a rare case where I wish they'd deviated a lot more from the book. The final Harry Potter text was, for me, one of the weaker entries in the field. In the end, it satisfied, but great huge chunks of the middle were tiresome tales of Harry, Hermione, and Ron bemoaning their fates while in a magi tent in the woods. They were aimless, which I get was important to the plot, but the chapters felts endless and aimless too, which is no fun.

In the movie, the scenes where they're camping are at least awesome to behold, and the vistas look magical and stunning and real (because they mostly are). But it just drags and drags, as did the book. My audience was just as restless as I was, and the ending doesn't breathe enough life back into the thing to make it exhilirating. I left a little relieved it was over rather than jazzed to see the finale next year.

Oh, and teleportation ruins everything. Bamfing in and out of trouble to various, seemingly random (but it turns out not random) locations is disorienting and kinda cheap. Especially at the end when the house-elf-ex-machina teleportation stuff kicks in. Ugh. Just no momentum at all here.

My rant is now complete.

Reader Comments (2)

You're right, it's the dullest Harry Potter movie ever. I almost slept at the theater watching this
November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermikan hill
Restless is a good word for it. Maybe in the other movies, Hogwarts rescues the weak parts by being inherently interesting.
January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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