I am not a big fan of the idea of 3D movies. Wearing the I-don’t-know-where-they-have-been 3D glasses over my own spectacles, noticing dirt on the lenses, trying to clear some of it away without damaging the plastic… yeah not my idea of a good time.
That said, I’ve noticed that I tend to enjoy the experience of a 3D movie. Even if the movie itself isn’t all that hot.
Which the final Harry Potter film definitely isn’t – hot, I mean. Or fun. Or entertaining.
I wasn’t expecting much, even though this was the big conclusion to the story that launched a multi-billion dollar global cash cow and made household names out of author J. K. Rowling and stars Daniel Radclife, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
And still this film managed to surprise me. By how little it did over its run time. Too much time wasted on melodramatic dialogue, some weird editing choices and a climactic battle that was just… boring.
Most people going in to watch this movie would know what was to come – having read the book at some point between its release and the opening of this final film. So there is no question of suspense or surprise making its presence felt through the storytelling. But I was expecting a more spectacular send off to the boy wizard than whatever director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves threw up there on the big screen.
The hunt for the remaining Horcruxes, the battle to protect Hogwarts, the final confrontation – none of it played well for me at all, emotionally or visually. And really, after all was said and done Voldemort turns into a million pieces of that plastic bag from American Beauty? Come on now!
After having watched both parts I remain unconvinced that there was any need to split the seventh tale up into two movies. As an energetic three-hour ride Deathly Hallows could have been a loving final engagement between the boy wizard and his multimillion-strong fan army.
I have no idea what anybody is supposed to do with this overwrought two-part melodrama but I suppose there is always room for a re-release of the two films re-cut as one.
I for one will definitely not be watching that.