Lines trailing outside the theater and children out past their bedtimes marked the opening midnight showing of the penultimate installment of the Harry Potter movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”
Running 146 minutes, the seventh movie raked in an estimated $61 million on its opening night the 19th of November. Instead of watching it Thursday at midnight, I decided to see it Friday afternoon in IMAX. The theater was packed and a few here and there wore a Harry Potter t-shirt or even a witch hat. I was a little disappointed when I didn’t get handed a pair of 3d glasses, but the IMAX experience was definitely worth the few extra dollars. The huge screen engulfed the audience and the sound was intensely loud.
While the film was extremely hard to follow and left me confused, it wasn’t as slow and uneventful as I thought it would be. The movie was the darkest yet with a few gory and scary scenes that show the growth of not only the character’s age but of the plot. While I’ve grown up with the series, I couldn’t believe how old Matthew David Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom looks!
The majority of the movie focuses on the trio’s search for the other five Horcruxes, each containing a piece of Voldemort’s soul. Director David Yates does a wonderful job capturing such dark and ominous imagery that puts the audience right in the scene, but at times the movie seemed scatter-brained and choppy. On the other hand, I loved the scene of Hermione, Harry and Ron infiltrating the ministry as well as the beautifully done shadow play depicting the Tale of the Three Brothers and the deathly hallows.
A few details could easily be missed with how quickly some scenes went, such as the fact that Draco has the Elder wand, which leads the audience to believe Voldemort was able to get the wand when he broke into Dumbledore’s tomb. So without reading the books, the audience is left without answers, like why did that woman turn into a snake?
I’m hoping for answers and an incredibly long film when the second part comes out in July 2011.