2 hr 30 min
Production Budget: N/A
Worldwide Gross: $955,001,070
So all I have to do is lie?
I’m writing this review after seeing part 2.
First off, I think stylistically, this film nailed it. I’ve been waiting for the Harry Potter series to return to the dark and gritty feeling it had in the POA. Also, with less/minimal music, DHpt1, really gives the audience the sense of isolation and loneliness the three main characters are experiencing.
Secondly, should they have split this movie into two parts? In hindsight, I definitely say yes. Fans for years have been saying that the HP movies leave out too much detail by trying to cram the rather large books into feature length movies; and I would agree. However, I think maybe the only reason they wanted to split up this book into two movies was to gain more money (what do you all think?). Either way, I think the DHpt1 does a pretty good job of setting up the second half.
Spoiler Alert. In comparison to the newest (last) movie, DHpt1 gives adequate screen time to adress the death in the film, Dobie. Whereas, in DHpt2 some main character’s deaths are rushed, not giving the audience enough time to sympathize with the characters. Overall, I think this film does the job required of it, and does it well. Is this the most exciting HP movie? Definitely not. In fact, in some parts it’s kind of slow and boring. However, will this film get Harry Potter fans ready for the Battle of Hogwarts? You bet your house elf ass it will!
Note: I was looking at some of the deleted scenes on the bonus disc of this film and I found that most of them, with the exception of the Dudley scene, would have explained and helped transition the film a little better. However, that would add to the already lengthy run time of the film. If you have a chance you should check them out.
So, if you could have a Patronus, what animal would it be?