So this morning my parents, brother and I went on a family outing to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, which released in Bangalore today. Some of you may know I am a huge, huge Harry Potter fan and I've been so looking forward to this for ages! And I'm happy to say, it was worth waiting for.
I loved it. Now bear in mind this is me still somewhat in the afterglow of the film, so I might think of a few flaws tomorrow or next week. But as of now, I think it was totally and incredibly awesome and I can't wait to see it again. Honestly, if you like Harry Potter at all, go see this film because it is by the far the best adaptation of the book - largely because, having split the novel into two films, the filmmakers were able to actually explore things this time around. Unlike the previous movie, very little felt rushed or incoherent.
My favourite scenes? They were two sections of the movie I adored so intensely I could have cuddled them. The first is the entire sequence at the Ministry of Magic, where Harry, Hermione and Ron disguise themselves as Ministry employees to infiltrate the building and find one of Voldemort's Horcruxes (a locket). This was brilliantly done - the actors were amazing, it was hilarious and dramatic and thrilling all at once!
The second bit is a scene the screenwriter and director invented for the movie, i.e. it's not in the book. When (spoiler!) a certain character is absent for a part of the movie, Harry tries to comfort and cheer Hermione up by dancing with her. This was funny and touching and just absolutely incredibly done.
Oh, and I loved the end too. Moving and tragic and dramatic. I cried.
I did have a couple of quibbles: a few of the early bits felt like they went by too fast and could have been slowed down a little, and I had some nitpicky issues with the way Ron and Hermione's 'relationship' was suddenly catapulted into something far more touchy-feely than we've ever seen before (and much too abruptly), but these were small things and didn't really diminish my enjoyment of this as a movie.
So, yes. Go see it! It's so much fun.