:bighanky:Actually, the last few HP films have NOT been marketed towards children, but towards older teens and adults. And the 'looking naked while making out' scene was tastelully done, in my opinion--they looked nude but you certainly don't see anything other than bare arms and backs. It wasn't real, it was the visualisation of Ron Weasley's worst nightmare about his best friends, brought on when Harry finally managed to open the locket horcrux, releasing the bit of Voldemort's evil soul trapped inside (I'm sure you know that, Academia, but just for those who might not...).
Anyway, I saw the film the other night, and wrote a review of it for a forum I belong to. In case anyone might be interested, I'll repost most of it here. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, have been since about 2001, so please excuse any gushing. ;) Oh, and there are a couple of spoilers, so read at your own risk!
First off, they really left very little out, and most of what they *did *leave out generally wouldn't have enhanced the plot anyway. Overall, the opening scenes really set the stage well for what was to come, covering a lot of the beginning chapters of the book without wasting any unnecessary time. I *was *a little disappointed there wasn't more to the Dursley scene--it would have taken literally a few seconds more to do it proper justice. Hermione's bit was particularly poignant and well done, and the moments with Harry alone in the empty house at Privet Drive made me want to weep as I remembered back to the beginning of it all. Once everyone was at the Burrow, I felt there could have been a slight bit more--wedding preps, Mrs Weasley trying to keep the Trio apart, a little more of the wedding scene, but again, none of that would really have advanced the plot. The scene with Ginny was sweet, but a bit lacking in that subtle promise of passion hinted at in the book. I think with a better actress than Bonnie Wright (she LOOKs the part so perfectly to me, but that's about it), the screenwriter, Steve Kloves, could have done more with the whole Harry/Ginny storyline. I think Kloves went with what he knew Bonnie was capable of, which really isn't much. :rolleyes:
Several times I found myself wishing they'd shown just a bit of what was going on at Hogwarts while the Trio was on the run. There was one tiny scene on the train on September 1st. Neville was wonderful. But I think it would have been good to show a little of the student-led rebellions going on in Hogwarts, even though in the book we don't learn about all that til the Trio gets back there. But that's just me--I missed seeing Hogwarts.
The movie flew swiftly by; I didn't feel the camping scenes dragged at all, but then I never felt they dragged in the book, either. I was too caught up in the story to notice the passage of time. I did look at my watch at one point, thinking the film was probably half over--and it was nearly 2:30 am, and fifteen minutes later the film was done! http://globalradcliffeaddicts.com/simplemachinesforum/Smileys/classic/eek1.gif
As for performances, I've read all this week about how critics and fans alike are praising Rupert Grint and Emma Watson up one side and down the other, while little is said about Dan Radcliffe. I don't understand it--they were all three of them absolutely at their very best. In all the other films I've always watched Dan first and foremost, as his is the starring role and it is, after all, "Harry Potter and the Whatever," not "Ron Weasley and the..." LOL This time I found myself watching Rupert and Emma just as much as I did Dan. There was no 'domination' by any one of them in a given scene; they complemented each other so well and seamlessly it was a joy to watch them together. It made Rupert's absence during some of the camping scenes and the Godric's Hollow scenes all the more keenly felt.
I loved the dance between Hermione and Harry; it began a little awkwardly, but once they got into it, the love and tenderness on Harry's face as he danced with the girl he considered one of his two best friends on earth brought me to tears. It's brought me to tears again just writing about it. :bighanky:
Emma did particularly well during the torture scene with Bellatrix. Her screams and sobs of terror were real and gutwrenching.
The only time I felt I could have sobbed aloud myself was when Dobby died and Harry buried him. A few tears had escaped me before that point, but I really had to work hard to hold it together when Harry looked at Hermione so confidently, sure that she had in her miraculous beaded bag that which would heal Dobby. And his face when he realised she had nothing, and that Dobby was going... well, I nearly lost it. :bighanky:
The music was wonderful--understated and elegant, appropriate, and never overwhelming to any particular scene.
On the performances of the Trio alone, I give the film an 11 out of 10. :thumbsup: For everything else, it's a 9 to a 9 and a half (I like Rhys Ifans, for example, but felt he didn't really do Xeno Lovegood justice). And the ending was the perfect set-up to the start of the grand finale. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the movie the book fans have been waiting for all along.:popcorn: