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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One

SPOILER ALERT!!! In-depth plot discussion.

 

Let me start off by saying that I am biased. Incredibly biased in the fact that I am almost always disappointed when it comes to books being made into movies. Call it a weakness, whatever. As a self-proclaimed bookworm, I spend the better part of any movie critiquing how closely they followed the book, and I have a hard time enjoying a movie because of that fact.

The first installment of Deathly Hallows, however, defied all my expectations. It was awesome, AND they retained a good portion of the book’s original material, though there were a few exceptions. For starters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron don’t stay at Grimmauld Place nearly as long in the movie as they do in the book, and they’re not seen planning the break-in at the ministry of magic hardly at all. Also, the entire chapter devoted to the Dursley’s leaving is contained to about two minutes of movie in which the Dursley’s don’t even say goodbye to Harry, and the exchange between Dudley and Harry doesn’t even happen. Also cut entirely out of the movie is the scene in which the old minister of magic introduces the new minister of magic to the muggle prime minister, though this isn’t really necessary for plot development, in my humble opinion. Actually, the old minister of magic doesn’t even make an appearance in the seventh installment of the Harry Potter movie series.

Part one covers up to when Voldemort steals the famed Elder Wand of the Deathly Hallows from Dumbledore’s grave. Other than those few notable exceptions mentioned above, the movie stayed pretty close to the book, which makes me (almost) grateful that they split the last book up into two movies. I was disappointed at first when I found it was being split up into two parts, but now that I’ve seen it, I realized there was no way they were going to stay as close to the book as they needed to if they kept it to one movie. At 2.5 hours, the movie is a bit long, but you’re not going to lose interest, trust me. However, I would have to say if you have young children, leave them at home for this one. It is much darker than previous movie’s, and some of the scenes do get pretty violent, especially when Bellatrix LeStrange tortures Hermione at the Malfoy Manor.

As far as the movie itself was concerned, I expected nothing less from Warner Bros. and I was not disappointed. The action scenes had me on the edge of my seat, the plot and character development kept me focused on the movie, and the acting was superb. Not to mention the directing. It takes a person of great strength to bring off a movie like this, and David Yates does not disappoint. As an avid reader of the books, I spent a good portion of the movie looking for plot holes, but was unable (at first look) to find any.

Overall, I’m going to give the movie a 4.5 out of 5, and would definitely recommend it to the 13 and over crowd.

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The Town

I know, it’s a long time coming. But its worth it, trust me.

This movie was awesome from start to finish. Ben Affleck directed, which made me a little skeptical at first since he hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to starring in movies, but I do believe Affleck has found his true calling in directing.

There is definitely a lot of graphic violence, so I wouldn’t recommend this film to those who have weak stomach’s, but overall the movie was really well put together. And in the end, I was rooting for the “bad” guy of the film (played by Affleck), which was kind of confusing to me. While I don’t agree with what he’s doing, the way the movie played out it made me understand where he was coming from, why he did what he did. And in the end, I found myself hoping that he would get what he truly needed. And it was pretty awesome watching him kick ass throughout the movie, but especially towards the end.

One of the other things I really liked was the way Affleck’s character was portrayed. Even though he’s a bank robber, he comes off as oddly human, almost like he cared about the people he was stealing from, especially Claire Keesey (played by Rebecca Hall), whom Affleck’s character ends up falling in love with.

Overall, this movie really makes you think about the other side of the coin. Sure these people make the choice to do what they do, I’m not trying to discount that. But it makes you think, makes you wonder what if? What if they hadn’t grown up where they did, would life be different for them? Or would they have gone down this path either way? And should that change my perspective of them, or are they just criminals, plain and simple?

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