Sunday, November 21, 2010

HP & The Deathly Hallows, Pt I

OK, so I will buy this movie when it comes out. I will probably get a BluRay player so that I can see it in detail. I might even go see it in the theater again. But I'm not happy.

Yes I know that DH is the darkest of the books and the darkest of the stories. It's nice that the kids grew up to be good looking and able to act. It's nice that Britain has lots of improbably good-looking and wild scenery.

I just didn't expect the movie to be so damn flat. One of Rowling's strengths as a story teller is that she knows how to modulate the mood. Director David Yates - not so much. This was a one-tone symphony. The trouble with unrelieved gloom is that it starts to look just boring.

As usual, most of the professional reviews that I've read take exactly the opposite view - they mostly love the movie, the cinematography, and the music. There was music?

My family disagrees too. The professionals don't like the first two movies - my very favorites - so clearly my point of view is hardly likely to be everyone's. It's inevitable that a lot of stuff gets left out when you make a movie - or even two movies - out of a very long book. My complaint is that what got left out diminishes the dramatic tension by failing to modulate it.

Part of my problem, I suspect, is that I know the story too well. In any case it's still a lot better than most movies that I see. Your mileage may vary.