I don’t understand the praise for this film. I just got back from seeing it with my family. We were all excited (everbody loves Harry around here).
We were all crushed and disappointed at how truly awful this film is. It is listless and dull beyond belief. I don’t see the Vatican’s point on how this focuses us on the battle of good versus evil. There’s an aspect of that in the tortured thing they call the plot in this film, but everything gets lost in the swamp they call “a plot” in this thing.
At 2.5 hours it could have used a lot of editing. Very many scenes and subplots are total dead ends. All the actors are merely fair, but what can you do with such a horrible script. The bright spot is Ron Weasley. This guy steals every scene he’s in and creates the only really engaging character in the movie. You leave the film more fond of him than anybody, and sadly his character is simply there for color mostly. Ditto for Hermione. In fact I’d say that the old chemistry we had between the three kids battling evil is totally gone in this movie. At then Hermione declares that Harry needs her and Ron and they’ll soldier on together, but it’s not clear why. Harry didn’t need them at any point in the movie. In fact, nobody really battled evil in a serious fashion at all, except for Dumbledore. Harry himself was tangential to the battles, and Ron and Hermione weren’t even present at all for them.
When the credits started suddenly rolling, there were cries of, “WHAT?” coming up from the audience. It was hard to believe we’d made it all the way through that muck of a film. It’s truly terrible. What a waste of time and money tonight with this fiasco. It will be a franchise killer for many, as our seventh grader keenly said, “Imagine that Harry Potter, a wizard, whose film has no magic.” Too true, that.
What an awful, truly awful bore of a film.