Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by Weng-Tak (contains spoilers)
My wife and I went to the cinema last week to check out the new Harry Potter film. I'm not ashamed to say we are both quite big HP fans, and have read all the books so far, (although I cant remember much about the last few books).
I'm not known for my memory, and I'm struggling to think how the film starts. Nothing is ringing any bells, so I'm going to say the start wasn't fantastic, certainly not as good as the opening scenes from other HP films. On an aside, I watched "momento" with Guy Pierce last night, which is an excellent film about a guy with no short term memory who is trying to investigate his wife's murder. My memory isnt as bad as his.
Back to HP.. The main storyline revolves around the 3 main characters: Harry, Ron and Hermione, and their quest to kill the evil wizard Voldemort. To do this they have to destroy several horcruxes. Irritatingly, Voldemort has split up his soul into 7 or 8 different pieces, and fused them with these horcruxes, so in order to kill him, they first have to get rid of his horcruxes. For the majority of the film, the 3 of them are in hiding in a tent. One of the best things about previous films was when they were at the magical school Hogwarts as there were loads of random things happening e.g. moving staircases, and enchanted dining hall with replenishing food etc. The latest film misses out on all of this stuff. I cant really blame anyone for this, as it's part of the book, but the location aspect is certainly less entertaining. The film is quite dark, and certain scenes will be scary for young children. Those over 15 have no excuse for being scared though. Its important to point out that the final book is split into 2 films, so this one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. If you cant wait for the next film, just buy the book.
My final comment is on Ron Weasley, aka Rupert Grint. For those who dont know what he looks like, he is the boy with a large mop of ginger hair and lets just say not known for his good looks.
His only other film to note is "Thunderpants", I was the unfortunate recipient of this many years ago and was suitably unimpressed. Now, up until we saw this film I had nothing against Ron, however as we exited the cinema my wife had the audacity to say that she thought he was quite hot. This brings up several issues:
1. Why Ron Weasley, there are plenty of other good looking characters in the film.
2. Maybe she is trying to annoy me.
3. If she is being serious, then she certainly has questionable taste in men, what does this say about me?
4. Should I make her watch thunderpants and see if she changes her mind?
So... In conclusion. Yes the film is good, but not as good as previous Harry Potter films. Amazingly Ron Weasley has a female following, and should maybe be entered for Heat magazine's weird crush competition next year. (Yes I read Heat magazine, dont judge me).
If you like this blog entry, please comment and I'll write another one next month. If you dont like it then read it again, maybe it will grow on you.