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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, a review by Dragonfire
I went to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 this morning. I was briefly tempted by the midnight showings, but I decided that would be too crazy. After seeing people lined up 6 hours ahead of time Thursday evening and finding out that some of them had been there all day, I'm glad I didn't go then. That would have been just a bit too crazy even for me. It was bad enough today. The theater was pretty full, though not completely sold out. There were a lot of kids in the theater, but they were well behaved who actually sat and watched the movie without running up and down the aisles or playing with cell phones. People weren't talking either. Seeing this one and the last Potter movie has been a bit of a different experience from seeing other recent movies with large crowds.
There are a few small things - changes or omissions - that I'm not happy about, but overall, I loved the movie. It is one of the best of the series and one of the best of the year. It is a great ending to a great series - though I still have issues with certain things in the previous movies. While I will still have the books and movies to read and watch again as often as I want, it is still a little depressing that there aren't any more Potter movies to look forward to. Even when I've been worried something wouldn't be done right, I still looked forward to the movies.
This movie picks up right where the last one ended. It, along with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 are based on the final book in the Harry Potter series. These two movies are a bit more connected than some of the previous ones have been. This is not the movie to jump into the Potter world with. Start at the beginning. The plot is entertaining and things are resolved by the end, though a few things get worked out slightly differently because of changes that have been made somewhere along the way. I like that the movie uses the epilogue from the book, though I've already seen some people complaining about that. I liked that ending to the book and I liked it here. Honestly, I would have liked even more details in that part.
Things are changed here and there throughout the movie, which I expected before seeing the movie. The changes really didn't bother me too much this time. They weren't as extreme as some of the ones done in previous movies, though once again, some of the explanations suffer. The movie, like the last one, is depending on the audience having read the books and being able to fill in the missing pieces. Certain things were left out of earlier movies and pop up with no introduction in this one, which could cause a little confusion for some viewers. The special effects were done well and things look good overall. There is more action in this one, though it is broken up by a few things, much like it was in the book. There is violence, though not too extreme. I still don't like the snake and it still freaks me out a bit. Unfortunately for me, the snake is in more scenes in this movie. I knew that was going to happen, but I still didn't like it.
Since the horcruxes were not properly set up in the sixth movies - that was one of the things that really bugged me about that movie - Harry lacked some important information he needed to try to find them. I did wonder how Harry would manage without that knowledge. This movie comes up with an explanation that works, though I don't really like it. It is sort of a copout to cover up the crappy set up, but it works. It would have been much better if the horcrux explanation had done properly to begin with in the sixth movie.
The characters are wonderful. Some that haven't had much to do in the last few movies get some really nice moments. McGonagall goes into badass mode, but she still takes the time to be giddy over doing a certain spell. She is just awesome in this movie. Neville is pretty badass too and he finally gets to shine. I was worried he would get messed up. Some things are a little different, but it is good. Snape is around a bit more, and Alan Rickman is absolutely wonderful in the part. Bellatrix is still twisted and crazy. A lot of characters are only briefly seen unfortunately, but that has been an issue in all the movies since there are just so many characters. The Weasleys are mostly missing, but Molly does get her moment that got applause in the theater I was in. Voldemort is still one of the most evil villain characters.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione get the most to do and they have changed the most over the series. The actors are great in the parts.
The movie does end the series on a high note. It is definitely one to see, but see the previous movies first. And read the books.
I did get a review posted on Epinions. It is a bit longer, but I didn't include spoilers.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
(From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 16th, 2011)
Horror of the Zombies, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: Horror of the Zombies
AKA: The Blind Dead 3
Director: Amando De Ossorio
Length: 89 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono
Manuel de Blas
A yachtsman and his group are searching for some missing women when they come across a fog-enshrouded Spanish galleon drifting at sea. Boarding the ancient vessel to look for the missing women, the group stumbles upon a horrifying discovery. Aboard the ship are the undead legions of the Knights Templar, who are cursed to roam the Earth to plague the living and consume the flesh of their victims.
This morning I really felt like a horror movie I never seen before. while looking over the list I the title of this one grabbed me... so I looked into it a little to see if I was in the mood for it. That is when I found out it is an alternate title for The Blind Dead 3. I know this series has a cult following with a lot of horror fans. While I was a little concerned about starting with the 3rd in the series... my curiosity got the best of me so I thought I would test the series out with this one. I wouldn't say I was hugely impressed... but I did enjoy it for what it is. It was definitely enough to keep my interest. It also kept my curiosity about the films before it... as it is normal for the earlier movies to be the better ones. But over all... I found this one to be a fairly average movie. Entertaining enough to waste an hour and a half with... but not something that you should expect too much from.
This is another movie that is in the Horror Classics: 100 Movie Pack. The audio and video on this movie was better then I was expecting on this movie because of the fact that it is in one of those cheap boxsets. But there is one thing I didn't care about here... and I have seen this on most the movies I watched in this set already. Why does Mill Creek (company putting out these sets) feel the need to place their logo in the bottom right corner of the video? Sure it is only on there about 30 seconds each time off and on a couple times through the movies. While I can deal with it... it is still a little aggravating.
Out of a Possible 5
(From The Movies From Within My Lifetime on March 25th, 2011)
Tales from the Crypt Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Tales from the Crypt: Season 1
1. The Man Who Was Death
Niles Talbot moved from the country to the big city to get a job as an electrician but ended up as an executioner. His trouble begins when he's suddenly unemployed and decides to take the law into his own hands.
This is of course our first look at the Cryptkeeper so he isn't in any special get-up as he likes to do in many of the episodes.... while this first episode is good... it really didn't impress me as much as many of the other ones did. I just didn't find the story that interesting.
My Rating: [mr]3[/mr]
(From Tales from the Crypt Marathon on December 21st, 2009)