Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. What a delight. These movies could have gone off the rails in a million different ways, but they really came through. Somehow I felt the ~magic~ in this one, like literal gasping. So fun. (Side note: this came out 17 years ago???????)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. You know it’s serious when the skies are overcast for two hours straight. Setting aside the expected clichés of dim lighting, muted palettes, stormclouds, speeches, etc., I went in expecting to be highly entertained and I was not disappointed. Until the end. I see the last five minutes as a pretty serious failure given the ~15 hours of good work that came before. Seriously, just throw an Ewok party and call it a day. Don’t try to make 20-year-olds-who-look-like-teenagers look like 40-years-olds. Yep, I’m old and grumpy. One day I’ll be glad to watch these again with my kids.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Honestly, I don’t remember this one well at all. My friends were talking a lot while it played. Whereas I’m not a superfan, and whereas I stopped reading the books after 2¼ books, it struck me as the same kind of chase-this, find-that sort of adventure I was expecting. Which is not at all a bad thing. It was fun. The best moment is Dobby unscrewing the chandelier.