I would say…three and a half stars, and yeah, I would watch it again:)
What I like:
– The cinematography, the props and the set- very intricate, grand, and put together, the ominous feeling was just in the air, doomed beauty, really.
– Good pace, lots of witty dialogue thrown in for good measure.
– Grandeur of it all. Three particularly powerful parts- the one in which Dumbledore and Harry were trying to recover the Horcrux, Dumbledore’s death, the entire last portion- i was completely immersed in the story.
– All that raging hormones- darn cute, especially cos’ I was and still is a Hermione-Ron fan. Emma Watson is really pretty:)
– The cast is excellent: Having seen most of them in all six films, you feel that they are the characters they play. This is especially for Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco Malfoy, Ginny, Fred and Tom, the kids- I feel like i’ve watched them grow up.
What’s not so good
– too much raging hormones- some of the best parts in the book weren’t really captured in the film and there was a little too much gooey-mushy stuff in this installment. That’s the thing I don’t quite like about film adaptations of fantasy books- they tend to play up the romance. It was the same in LOTR- Aragon and Arwen got so much more screentime compared to the book.
– If you are not a HP fan, you would like how comprehensive this film is. Quite simple to understand. If you have, like me, read those books at least twice, you would feel a wee bit short-changed: a lot of the complexities and interesting, even darker portions were watered down, or left out.
– the couple sitting behind me. The girl was hugging and dangling a soft toy as she watched (yeah, she was making so much noise i turned back a few times), and she squealed, shrieked ever-so-often, and gave a comment/asked a question at the end of many scenes.
David Yates is going to direct HP and the Deathly Hallows- in two parts apparently. He directed Order of the Phoenix previously and I thought HBP was a significant improvement (although my favourite HP film remains Prisoner of Azkaban- Alfonso Cuar!). If Yates can keep the sets, the good lines, the chemistry, and add a little more action and depth, i think the last two parts would be something to look forward to. The last two parts just have to be good. I can’t wait.
On a totally different note, i did nearly all the things I planned to do- the dinner on Saturday was great fun, I skipped and ran all the little errands. One thing still on the least: Getting my shoes!