Much older now, and wiser as wizards we follow Harry Potter following the death of his rebelious uncle Serious Black on the dawn of what will be a borderline civil war in the wizard world. Unlike the other films, close attention needs to be paid to dialogue as well as the props of this latest installment. If you didn't read the novel, you'd miss alot of important subtleties. Director David Yates (who also directed Order of the Phoenix) took the usage of darkness in the films to another level to accentuate the abyss we are going down with these films.
There are many positive elements to Harry Potter that show the evolution of these characters. Of course they're much older (obviously), but more than that the tone of these films have become much more serious; and it's going to get darker before it gets brighter. The intrigue of hidden secrets just keeps the viewer wanting more and more. However, it is much harder to stay interested with this installment simply because it drags. That's all there is to it. The film is over 120 minutes long and this is the first time I ask myself, "There's still more"? I would almost say that a total of 20 minutes could have easily been excluded from the final cut, and a beat would not have been missed. At least I don't think so. On a positive note, the final 15 minutes made the wait worth while. Yates kicked it up a notch by eliminating a pinacle character. Who you ask....I'll leave that for you to discover. For all intensive purposes, there wasn't anything extraordinary about the camera work for the film. But then again, it still leaves much to look forward to in these last two films.
Was Harry Potter entertaining? Yes, though not the most entertaining of them all. But more than anything, it was a major disappointment that this film was not the best film of an already weak 'Summer Movie Season'. Many of you would assume that I'll promote Star Trek as the best of the season...and you'd be right. In almost every aspect of filmmaking, Star Trek met expectation, and to a certain degree exceeded them. Harry Potter should have been a no brainer to surpass Star Trek, Terminator, and Transformers. But quite frankly Transformers and Star Trek are the top two runners for best movie of the season. Harry Potter steals third place. After that, I'll leave it up to you. Only one movie left....Inglorious Basterds. QT, please bring your 'A' game.