It’s 3 in the morning and I have no idea why I’m writing this except to give my honest and professional opinion of the last Harry Potter movie ever. I will have to say that I was disappointed in many regards and probably not for the reasons that most people think. I think the movie was too much like the book. Now I know this will not be a popular opinion, but hey, I was never one for popularity contests. Here’s the deal. Having written novels, I’ve learned one thing. You don’t write with a movie in mind.
Several of you just did a double take so severe I heard your necks pop from here. Screen writing and novel writing are two different beasts. Imagine if you tried to teach someone to swim. If you were writing a manual to teach someone to swim that lived in, let’s say, Alaska, where they wouldn’t have ready access to water. Your manual would like quite different from one written for someone that lived in Florida.
The same goes for movies. Timing in novel writing is so drastically different. When you write, time is at your whim, you can control the flow of time, allowing it to move faster at will and slowing it down for those critical moments. While “bullet time” and other special effects allow movies to alter the state of motion of time, it does nothing to control the audience’s perceptions and feelings other than to illustrate something that a normal speeds would happen too fast for the human eye.
When it comes to Harry Potter’s final movie, I felt like they tried to appease fans by staying true to the book. While this is admiral for those of us, including me, to stick with the book’s storyline, it’s not necessary to stick with the book’s pace. I feel like opportunities were list that could have brought the movie to the next level. Now, before those of you that have read this far click on the comment box, I’m not done.
All-in-all, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a phenomenal movie. Could it have been better? Sure. Overall I did not leave unsatisfied, just realizing how much of an affect fans like me have on movie-making decisions. I was one of the biggest advocates for the movies being terrible because they didn’t follow the book’s stories. I then realized how difficult and impractical a task that would be.
Movie making is a hard business, but in the long run, I think that they’ve done justice to J.K. Rowling’s vision. I certainly cried through the second half of the movie. Regardless of what you think and feel about the final installment, it isn’t going to affect the billions of dollars it will bring in this weekend. Until next time, keep your patronuses inside the vehicle at all times and always remember that the platform is moving at the same speed as your vehicle.
Have a great evening and a fabulous weekend!
ADDITION: One thing I would like to add about the movie was to comment about 3D. The last part of the movie was shown in 3D as part of the triple feature we went to and I felt like it added nothing to the movie to see it in 3D, in fact, I think I would have preferred seeing it in 2D for the first time seeing it. 3D is uncomfortable to watch, for me. It distorts the movie at times and is visually straining on my eyes. I think I would have been happier if I had just seen it in 2D.