In case you didn't know, a tiny budget movie came out last night at midnight o'clock. It quietly sneaked its way into theatres all across the globe, daring to hope a return on investment and a pleased audience. Very little fanfare was made for this film, as countless people have joined the ranks of logic and science, shunning the very mention of magic. Only die-hard, B-movie folks were excited, but their excitement reverberated throughout the realms of Hollywood. (What the heck am I talking about?)
Actually, there was much ado about The Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and I imagine cinemas across the world filled with sights similar to what I beheld last night. I did not dress up, as many were wont to, unless you say I went as a modern American muggle, which I suggest you don't, but I did see plenty of creative outfits. It appeared that the magic of Harry Potter was turned on a bit early. The nerdfest was endearing, the packed out crowd in the IMAX theatre a regular mixing pot. People of all ages, races, creeds, and intelligences (high school kids that scream stupid profanities are low on this list) made gentle chit-chat as the 3-hr wait ensued. And when the lights dimmed, the crowd erupted, and for the next 146 minutes I was spellbound.
I won't spoil the movie and say what's in the film and what's not, but I will say that the movie was mostly true to book. I understand some things have to be converted and translated to make a movie appealing. That's well and good. Plus, I understand that Mrs. Rowling herself gave an okay to the changes, so if she's happy, I'm satisfied. There were several things, mostly regarding the use and misuse of polyjuice potions and Harry's invisibility cloak, that were off, so to speak, but it worked well with the events of the movie.
(Possible Spoilers) Okay, I lied. I'll speak a bit on what I liked and didn't like. If you don't want to read this part, skip down a bit to the end o' spoilers bit. I liked the battle in the sky between the Harrys and the Death Eaters, but I didn't like how nonchalant Hedwig was played off there. Her death in the book is tragic. I like how evil Voldermort is portrayed in this film, and his scenes are all great at establishing how horrible of a villain he is. I liked Godric's Hollow, and Bagshot was crazy-wild. I felt like the Malfoy's Manor scenes towards the end should have been expanded, but the opening with Burbage was awesome. I really liked the interlude cartoon of "The Tale of the Three Brothers." The artistic view on that was brilliant. I wish there had been more back-story revealed on Tom Riddle and Albus Dumbledore. The Ministry scene was funny and cool. How I loathe Umbridge. (End o' Spoilers)
The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 starts off on a sad note, laying the groundwork for what's to come. In fact, this movie is much darker and grittier than any of the other films of the series, so much so that it almost seems like its in a class of its own. All of the actors performed admirably, of course, and the directing by David Yates was beautiful. I really liked the tone that this movie carried, and the weight of the film was felt by the audience. Set design was also spectacular, as were the costumes and special effects.
As a Harry Potter fan, was I happy? Satisfied? Absolutely. Apart from the expected crowd reactions -- spontaneous applause at certain points, laughter, commentary -- and the stifling heat, The Deathly Hallows, Part 1, was everything I'd hoped it'd be. It cut off right where I expected it to, with emotions put through the gamut and a seemingly cliffhanger end. If Part 2 is as good as this opener, which it will be, then color me excited. Heck, color me excited anyway.