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July 15th, 2011


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09:34 pm - Harry Potter DH2
I went to see the final Harry Potter film today. It's good. It's well made. There are some excellent performances from the older actors, perhaps slightly showing up the overstretched youngsters. Some of the other films have frustrated me, seemed to be wasted opportunities, but I think this one triumphantly interpreted the source material. It seemed like a fitting culmination of the series of films. It's not going to transform them retrospectively into some level of art that they are not, or redeem the series if you didn't like it, but it was fitting and climactic within that context.

Issues about the plot not making sense and the (I think) disastrous epilogue were all discussed when the final book came out, and there seems to be not much more to add. Some of the worst aspects of the shaggy plot have been tidied up, and the pacing is much better in the film than the book. Also I like the way the best Harry Potter films give the feeling of physical sensory texture - stone and rain and so on. I think it gives a counterweight to the magical whimsy.

The 10 year trajectory of the books and films is an incredible real-time achievement, and to think almost everyone involved set out without a clear idea of how it would all come to resolution, or whether she would manage to bring it down to land. You can't help feeling sometimes that she didn't really understand the logic of her own plot, and yet, the logic is there.

Finally, I have got to say that the fates of Voldemort and Belatrix, exploding into scraps of dirty paper, reminded me very much of a male psycho and his female sidekick who have been in the news this week. And sentimental me likes to think that a work of art is an incantation.

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From:redstarrobot
Date:July 15th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I quite liked most of the plot changes in the movie; it felt tighter and cleaner, on the whole. (There were a few places where I think the need to edit down resulted in a little shortchanging of the story, not due to plot, but due to characters who were brought in because they were important and left hanging for reasons of time, like Aberforth, like a single line from every character who died, if that.)

You're right about the physical weight of the films counterbalancing the light whimsy of the books, and I feel that way about the performances of the adult actors, too. (The children don't do badly, but don't face the challenge of being such ciphers in the books.) They're also giving a weight and dimensionality to a presence that could otherwise be whimsical and sketched-in.
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From:communicator
Date:July 15th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Your build-up gave a particular thrill to watching That Duel when it happened, though it was all over a bit quickly.
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From:redstarrobot
Date:July 15th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm very glad that it added a little something, rather than detracting by way of over-hype. :) It was a bit short for my tastes, but in a "left me wanting more of the same" way rather than an unsatisfying one. (Although it helped that it segued into scenes that had other strong payoffs for me, with McGonagall continuing to be a bad-ass.) They did the duel well, I thought; it ended up being something a bit more elegant and emotionally complex than what was in the book.
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From:hano
Date:July 15th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
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sentimental me likes to think that a work of art is an incantation

this made me laugh a lot. We all live in hope...
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From:communicator
Date:July 15th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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It's kind of an elegant parallel.
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From:hawkeye7
Date:July 15th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Curiously, the editorial cartoon in the ''Canberra Times'' depicts Lord Voldemurdoch and his red-headed sidekick.
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From:communicator
Date:July 15th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. I am sure the more people express a metaphor the more likely it is to come true.
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From:trixieleitz
Date:July 16th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
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The idea seems to be gaining traction :)
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From:tehomet
Date:August 14th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I like the movies for the production design, Alan Rickman, and the public design, in that order. :)

Finally, I have got to say that the fates of Voldemort and Belatrix, exploding into scraps of dirty paper, reminded me very much of a male psycho and his female sidekick who have been in the news this week. And sentimental me likes to think that a work of art is an incantation.

Love that idea.

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