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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1
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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Completely. Fucking. Awesome.

Yeah yeah. I'm swearing. Yeah yeah, I'm a mod, and probably shouldn't! But! It really is that awesome.

Seems crazy to say this about what started, 13 years ago, as a fun and funny book about magical boarding school . . . but genocide hasn't seemed so disturbing since Schindler's List.

Yeah. That's right. The film is so amazing that I Goodwinned myself in the first post!!!!!!

I dunno if any of the subtext was intelligable to those not familiar with the books, and maybe it's because I've been into The Walking Dead lately, but if I had to pick out just one thing to praise, it's the idea that when you live in evil times evil will touch you, no matter what you do. Not since Londo Mollari realised there was no way off the back of the shadow-tiger he was riding have I felt such sympathy for an unrepentant murderer. Daaaaaaamn.

I'm gonna go to bed and think about Hallows and Horcruxes before I implode under the weight of my own cult fiction references. Night night all. Sleep well. Sleep lightly!

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A preview was shown on television (an actual preview, not an ad), and it seems to be very scaled down from the book. Maybe that's just me, as I haven't seen the film yet, but the scene in the film that was shown is much heavier in the book, IMO.

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Archer Wrote:when you live in evil times evil will touch you, no matter what you do

... Ah damnit!

Now I wanna see it.

I was at the whole "fuck this, I'll watch it when I can see both parts together!" stage of thought and now you've broken it.. -.-

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SPOILERS AHOY!!

skorpio Wrote:A preview was shown on television (an actual preview, not an ad), and it seems to be very scaled down from the book. Maybe that's just me, as I haven't seen the film yet, but the scene in the film that was shown is much heavier in the book, IMO.

There were definitely some things scaled down - the one that springs to mind most is the trio's hardships when camping and on the run.

Other things felt a lot more intense to me. The list of the dead being read for some time in the background was a lot more effective than showing people die, Xeno Lovegood's breakdown was completely heart-wrenching, and while I always felt for the Malfoys in the books, their plight was rendered much more visceral in the film. (Not that I like 'em. They're scum. But in the 6th and 7th books it became clear that yes, they were scum, but they were scum who got a lot deeper in something much more serious than they expected. And that's kinda scary.)

I think an entire subplot has been removed, but even though it involved a character I'm very fond of, I don't think it added a huge amount to the story (and maybe thematically took away from the concept of the differences between adults and children . . . bah, I already said spoilers, I dunno why I'm being cryptic: Lupin and Tonks' marital problems don't feature, and I think they should have done by this stage of the story), but other than that, I can't think of anything that feels like Deathly-Hallows-Lite. There's one very haunting scene in particular, near the beginning, which was unpleasant in the book . . . but when rendered by the excellent skills of Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, and Ralph Fiennes is just flat out get-me-a-mop-cos-I'm-gonna-vomit-or-pee-myself disturbing.

My only criticism is that for those who haven't read the books I think it would be compeltely and utterly unintelligable. I had to spend a while on Wikipedia last night reminding myself who various Death Eater and Ministry types were, for example. But tbh I don't care if the people who haven't read the books are left confused <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

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SPOILER-FREE POST!

Miniar Wrote:
Archer Wrote:when you live in evil times evil will touch you, no matter what you do

... Ah damnit!

Now I wanna see it.

I was at the whole "fuck this, I'll watch it when I can see both parts together!" stage of thought and now you've broken it.. -.-

To my great surprise, it wasn't just "here's the first half of the story", it was a full story in its own right. I wasn't sure where they were going to stop, because there's no natural break in the book, but the place they chose was IMO perfect. I'm a big lover of story structure (in a technical, film theory sense) and this really feels like the writer and director went through the book plotting out every theme, value, and choice characters made . . . leaving not only a great story now, but a big pile of awesome for July 2011. ARCHER = HAPPY

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I was absolutely blown away by the film, especially the soundtrack. My only complaint would be Rupert's acting, but that's about it.
I thought the stopping point was perfect, and I literally got chills during that scene.

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