This post will not contain any spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. A spoiler filled blog is also going up. Before that though, I have a few quick items.
As you football fans know, the Patriots and Colts will renew their storied rivalry this weekend. The Colts are almost always favored to win these meetings, though more and more people are realizing that Tom Brady is the better quarterback. I don’t know what the “odds makers” are saying this time, but I think it’s pretty clear the Patriots should be favored, playing at home where they are invincible and coming off bitch slapping the Steelers last weekend. I’m looking forward to a big win for the Pats.
Today I found a Transformers Human Alliance Shadow Blade Sideswipe. The Corvette Stingray is an amazing looking car, and one of my few complaints about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was that he didn’t get more screen time. It looked great in silver, but this black repaint looks just awesome. It was great toy to begin with, but the recolor looks even better than the original. The one I picked up at a Wal-Mart is the only one I’ve seen, and if you want one, I’d start looking. I haven’t heard about any new Human Alliance toys to follow SB Sideswipe. It might make it tough to find. I have yet to see a gold box HA toy at a Toys R Us. They may very well show up in quantity during the holiday season, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if it turned out to be rare. Just my opinion.
And now…Deathly Hallows! (No Spoilers)
My first exposure to the world of Harry Potter was when I saw Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone). I was completely blown away, but as I’m really not much of a reader, I didn’t start reading the books until later. While I understand why some people don’t like the movies for the things they have cut out and changed, I am a very visual person. I would rather watch a movie than read a book any day, and I have LOVED the movies. Not that I don’t have any complaints, but I think that overall they have done an extraordinary job on the first six films, but nothing could have prepared me for Deathly Hallows, Part I (DH.1). It has taken the franchise to a whole new level.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson give Oscar worthy performances. Yes, I said it. Without uttering a single word, they had me tearing up in the first fifteen minutes of the film while hardly speaking a line, and it only gets better from there. There are so many scenes that they make with just a look. The supporting cast was brilliant as always especially Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Jason Isaacs.
I was really nervous about David Yates directing Half-Blood Prince after Order of the Phoenix was such a disappointment to me (though in retrospect, I think that had more to do with screenwriter Michael Goldenberg). I absolutely loved HBP though, and I wasn’t worried about DH.1, but I never imagined it would be this good. I can’t wait to see part II.
I’ve heard a lot of people who haven’t liked the movies blame Steve Kloves, but I think he’s the reason the movies have been so good. To my recollection, a lot of dialogue was taken directly from DH, and what could be better than using JKR’s own words?
We didn’t see Hogwarts at all in DH.1, which was very strange. I kept feeling like the next scene would cut to Hogwarts, but of course, it didn’t. They found some beautiful locations for the outdoor scenes, and the indoor sets were wonderful as always.
One of my favorite things about this movie is the humor. DH.1 is very dark from beginning to end, but the humor happens at just the right times, and in just the right way. It’s not forced at all and always delivered perfectly.
Many scenes in this movie had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath, but I can’t say much more without spoilers. Please see the next post for the rest of my review. That will contain major spoilers, so you’ve been warned.
It’s going to be a very long eight months…237 days to be exact…not that I’m counting. 🙂
Thanks for reading!