December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

July 22, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

When it's over, this film is a worthy end for fans who have shared a ten year love affair with Harry Potter and all the magic this series has casted throughout the world.  Some of the people I've spoken to loved it, some thought it was just so-so, and some thought it was very poorly done.  For me, I enjoyed it for various reasons, none of which are related to being a die hard Potter fan.  I like Harry Potter, but I don't love Harry Potter.  Although I don't remember much from the previous films, I always wondered about Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) - whether he was good or evil, because throughout the various films, there have been indications that he was evil, and then he'll turn around and do something good.  So, in this final installment of the series, I really liked the idea that Snape's story was finally revealed and the memory flashback he gives to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) summarizes not only his feelings, thoughts, and secrets, but also represented, theatrically, a snapshot summary of all the past films.  Also, I thought having an unlikely hero such as Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) help save the day was a refreshing surprise.  The ending was well thought out and having the main characters meet 19 years later at the train platform to Hogwarts with their children in tow added a nice sentimental touch to the story.  There was a bit more kissing in this film, finally... and much needed in order for the relationships to shift from friendship to love.  I was disappointed by how abrupt the kisses were.  One minute, the characters were in a state of panic, and the next second, their lips were locked.  I mean, couldn't the producers spare a couple of minutes to set up the kisses?  All in all, whether you're a fan of Harry Potter or not, this film is worth a look.  It represents the end of an era. 

My rating: 3 out of 5


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