Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Year: 2011
Length: 130 minutes
Director: David Yates
Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the book by J.K. Rowling
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe
With: Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Evanna Lynch, John Hurt, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Ciarán Hinds, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Eduardo Serra
Editing: Mark Day
I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Synopsis: good vs. evil etc.

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) A lot doesn’t work. The book is a sprawling jumble of messy storytelling (like Rowling is more concerned with letting fans know what happens to all their beloved characters than with how the plot is paced), and that’s magnified here.
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent) It’s not in fast forward as much as previous installments have been, but there’s no time for anything but action.
Cinematography:1/4 (Bad) I don’t know if it was the film’s fault of the theater’s fault, but a lot of it was too dark to see what’s going on. Probably the theater’s fault. I know it’s supposed to be a dark movie, but this was impossibly dark.
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Entertaining but too hurried. Nothing has any weight to it. About as much time is spent with 30-second cameos as with main characters, kind of like there’s a giant curtain call (for the cast of eight movies) going on at the same time as the story. I had fun, though, despite a particularly bad theater-going experience. (That’s one more multiplex to cross off the list of cinemas that are worth the price – I now have to drive at least 90 minutes if I want to see a movie before it’s on video.)
Objective Rating (Average):2.7/4 (Good)


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