Last week, my grandmother sent me a free movie voucher that she won in a golf tournament. It was a really sweet gesture. I had been saving the voucher to use on a ticket for the latest installment in the Harry Potter series. I chose to wait until after my exams had finished before I went to see the film. So, this Sunday, Ross and I headed to the Crown Casino to check out the second-last Potter film.
This auspicious day called for a Hogwarts-style outfit:
I am wearing:
– Black Turban from Smith Street Bazaar
– Black lace corset dress from Seven Angels
– Red and black underskirt
– Gryffindor scarf (handmade by me)
– Black and white striped socks
– Black jolly roger balet flats from Shoe Bizarre
-Velvet Blazer from Tree of Life.
I was very anxious about the seventh Harry Potter film. I really enjoyed the book, and I was a bit curious as to how they would split the story into two parts. The sixth film had really focussed more on the relationships between the characters, and so I was a bit baffled as to how they were going to pick up the story without it being too confusing.
I was not at all disappointed by this film. In fact, I would actually go so far as to say that this is my favorite Potter film yet. This film sticks very closely to the book, and progresses at a good pace. It isn’t too slow or too fast-paced, it is perfectly metered. It is filled with action and emotion, as well as a peppering of good humour and comic relief. The characters are rich and vibrant and the story is compelling from the first frame to the last. There are a couple of things that viewers who haven’t read the books might find confusing, so take along a die-hard fan to explain the tricky bits later.
I was especially taken with the special effects. I watched Chamber of Secrets the other day, and I was struck at how far the animation on Dobby and Kreacher has come. They look so realistic and lifelike. The action scenes are chillingly rendered, and I actually found myself holding my breath at several points during the film.
A word of warning: this Potter film is certainly not suitable for young children. The day we went to see it, the cinema was filled with young kids, some probably only kindergarten-age. I can’t get over the number of parents that are taking their kids to see this film. It can be hard to judge what will frighten kids, but there were plenty of scenes that had my hair standing on end, so I can’t imagine how the five-year-olds took it. I would probably say that the film is suitable for kids twelve years and older, and perhaps some particularly resiliant ten-year-olds. It is a lot darker and a lot more violent than its predecessors. There is a lot more gore, and even some light nudity (I know, I was shocked too!). I would advise against taking young kids to see it.
I was most impressed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend getting your fine hindquarters to a cinema immediately (and invite me along, I desperately want to watch it again).