#216: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

When and how did I watch this?

October 4th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account. We didn’t finish it.

Had I seen this film already?

No.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Everyone in this generation is somewhat familiar with Harry Potter, except for myself.  I haven’t read a book or seen a movie in the series.  I entered this with a serious disadvantage.

What do I know about it now?

My assessment was spot on; I was lost from the start, and I attempted to hitch a ride, but the film sped along without any time for backtracking or explanation.  It was a disappointment that I was required to have a vast knowledge of the series and couldn’t watch a stand-alone film. I truly wanted to get into it, but it felt like sitting in a foreign language class and losing track of what the teacher is saying: it’s terribly uncomfortable, and while impressive, nothing is understood.

What are some themes in the film?

I only got about 30 minutes into it.  It was dark.  Nothing else was developed, really.

Did this affect me personally?

No.

Why is this ranked #216?

Hype.  It’s the final film in the series.  While I’m in no position to make a quality assessment, being completely unfamiliar with it all, to rank it above others simply because it finishes off a series, no matter how incredible the CGI is, is absurd to me.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She did, and she had the same problem I did. We collectively determined we’d be wasting our time attempting at it.

Would I watch it again?

Unless I saw the entire series to this point, definitely not.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I’m sure all of my friends have already seen it.  They’ve been recommending Harry Potter to me the whole time, haha.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

No.  It might sound arrogant to say so, but if a film doesn’t stand alone, it really shouldn’t be on any “greatest films” list.  The movie is newer, and it will probably slip off this particular list as the hype wanes.  My wife and I discussed other films on the list that are sequels or parts of, along with others that might have missed the list, and concurred that none of them would require seeing everything else in order to appreciate it.  This one lost us immediately, which was both disappointing to me and somewhat condescending to the viewer. Perhaps Part One might have done enough, but then the entry should’ve been “part one and two”, which is probably asking for too much.

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