What I Liked:
- All the kids have improved greatly as actors. I already thought Emma Watson was a good actress but Rupert Grint and, especially Daniel Radcliffe have come a long way.
- Yates was able to convey to appropriate sense of dread and hopelessness throughout the film.
- The action setpieces – transporting Harry to the Weasley’s, The Ministry of Magic, Malfoy Manor – were all well-done and tense (even though I knew their outcomes)
- Since there was a lot of explaining of things in the movie, I thought animating the Deathly Hollows story Hermione read was a creative way to make an info dump watchable.
What I Didn’t Like:
- The movie, while cutting down the amount of time, couldn’t escape the boring part of the book with Harry, Hermione and Ron wandering aimlessly on the run. It was very Lord of the Rings.
- I’m glad I read the books because I don’t think I would have understood what was going on with the Horcruxes. I’m really curious to see how they explain [START SPOILER] Harry surviving Voldemort’s killing curse and why the Elder Wand doesn’t work for him because I had to re-read that part a couple of times. I suggest PowerPoint [END SPOILER]
- [START SPOILER] By not having Dobby in the prior movies (he was in books for Goblet of Fire and Half-Blood Prince), his death at the end of the movie is less effective if you haven’t read the books. I’ve had friends who only watched the movies complain like what’s the big deal if Dobby died. If you don’t really care about Dobby, the movie ends kinda weird for you [END SPOILERS]