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Early Reviews for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

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Posted by: Mel
November 13, 2010, 11:29 PM

Some reviews have already come out for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1," and many comment on the merits of splitting the film into two parts. All of them have varying degrees of spoilers in them.

Total Film gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars.

Reuters UK review.

Variety review.

The Telegraph gave the movie 4 out 5 stars.

The Guardian gave the movie 2 out of 5 stars.

For a collection of short snippets from reviews that contain spoiler free assessments of the movie you can go here to Metro.

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667 Points

The only critics I recognize are the viewers.
I have read some of these “reviews” – the writers obviously have not read the books, thus not knowing the “mood and tone” which the DH part 1 is trying to convey. They probably know that we will see the movie anyway – despite their Rita Skeeter tactics. ;-)

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on November 14, 2010, 02:54 AM report to moderator
281 Points

Guys, calm down, the one negative review comes from a guy with half a brain cell if he thinks the series was never alive to begin with, and the lukewarm reviews’ only complaints are the lack of closure (did no one notice the big “Part 1” in the title?), the long middle section (accurate to the book), and the fact that it’s dark (something fans welcome). DH Part 1 is obviously a movie for fans more than critics, especially with the split. Besides, 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, that’s definitely something to brag about if we keep this up.

Posted by lgghanem on November 14, 2010, 03:09 AM report to moderator
197 Points

I don’t know whether these reviewers have read the books or even seen the previous movies because it seems to me that they don’t even know what the movie is supposed to convey.
I was most annoyed at the fact that some of the reviews questioned the fact that there are 2 installments and said it is too faithful to the book. What most book fans are looking for is a way to convey the meaning and the message of the books through the movies. We don’t want the fast paced movie with just the plot line and none of the flavour of the books like order of the phoenix. David Yates may not be the best director of the movies but if he has been faithful to the books then in my opinion the movie is going to be much better than the previous two.

Posted by hermione198k on November 14, 2010, 03:20 AM report to moderator
444 Points

Honestly, I don’t know why I always look at reviews. I usually end up not liking movies that critics tout as the best films ever, and love the ones they hate. I started with the Guardian and realized that the reviewer really doesn’t like anything about Harry Potter. Surely they could have found someone to review the movie who even vaguely liked the books or previous movies.

And I skimmed the other reviews and some of the comments. The one that made me giggle was the mother who said her kids got bored because they didn’t find any depth in the books. Clearly, they didn’t read the same books that I read, or maybe they just have a short attention span.

At any rate, I’m so excited to see the movie. I loved the last book and I’m glad they are including so much detail in the last two installments. It all needs to be in there to complete the series. My daughter and I have decided to wait till Friday during the day, instead of going at midnight (which we have done for the last 4). It’s turned very cold and rainy here and the idea of standing out in the rain that long is just not something we are doing this time around. Now I know why I like summer releases better than fall/winter ones.

Posted by Eeyore on November 14, 2010, 03:30 AM report to moderator

Actually from what I’ve read on RT they’re pretty good overall, the Guardian reviewer is obviously a hater who let his bias get in the way so I have discounted that. From the others I get the feeling that the film-makers have been true to the feel of the book, which makes me very happy and very excited to see this. The book is dark and there’s a sense of hopelessness about the first half. As long as the trio have got across the right emotions, then I’m happy.

Posted by anne1 on November 14, 2010, 04:02 AM report to moderator
277 Points

The people that they get to review these films are just bonkers. They think that bashing brilliant films from a brilliant, truly amazing book series will make them look really cool. I realise that HP might not e everybody’s cup of tea, but even those people don’t come up with the claptrap that those reviews are filled with.

Posted by eccentricalice on November 14, 2010, 04:20 AM report to moderator
152 Points

A newspaper here in Norway gave it 2 out of 6. One of the reasons why the person didn’t like it was the murder in the beginning of the movie. Apparently it was so violent that the movie wasn’t a family movie anymore. I think that’s great. DH was never meant to be a family movie.

Posted by Verdande on November 14, 2010, 05:49 AM report to moderator
829 Points

Well i personally go for movies to enjoy them and not in the hope of whether its gonna be good or bad. Go and watch the movie to enjoy it and understand why they did what they did. Unless u see Part2 u cannot suggest that Part was dull or too stressed if u r to review the movie u should analyse in the perspective of why did they split final book into 2 movies probably they wanted to practically film the entire content as much as possible and make it as true as possible to the book, so if u say that the movie was too long then i think u shouldn’t have reviewed at all

Posted by blackhair on November 14, 2010, 06:00 AM report to moderator
908 Points

I’m a little bewildered by these reviewers. Did they not realize that when you split a story in half, the first half is always going to have “little in the way of resolution”? Or that, if the story is involves a quest for something, the first film by definition will be “the first half of a treasure hunt”? It seems the star range on some of the reviews gives a better indication of the reviewer’s intelligence in these matters, not the actual content of the films. I imagine we’ll hear similar hogwash in a few years when “The Hobbit Part 1” comes out.

Posted by eruanna317 on November 14, 2010, 07:54 AM report to moderator

Weird reviews that essentially amount to:
1. Don’t watch this film because it’s just too like the book (oh, and the books and films are all rubbish).
2. Don’t watch this film because it’s just too scary.
3. Don’t watch this film because it’s not for 5 year-olds.
4. Don’t watch this film because the acting, cinematography, production values, direction, and sound track, are all too good and too true to the book.
5. Don’t watch this film because it doesn’t have the final battle scene in it, and it isn’t the last one.
6. Don’t watch this film because you’ll have to, god forbid, watch the trio actually act in dramatic scenes outside Hogwarts.

Well, blimey, that’s really put me off …

Posted by rotfang07 on November 14, 2010, 08:11 AM report to moderator
34 Points

Seriously – the people who do these reviews need to be impartial and make a decision based on the film itself and it’s credibility; NOT because they may not like the series or that they think it’s a stupid kids film!
But, it doesn’t matter – we’re the fans, so why should we care whether the ‘non believers’ like it or not :) We’ll make our verdict when we see it, we’re the people who matter!

Posted by LissomeElixir on November 14, 2010, 08:39 AM report to moderator
1293 Points

I never really care what they are writing .For them is horribble, for me is fantastic. And come on, we all know Deathly Hallows movie will be EPIC!! Right? RIGHT! :D

Posted by Petra on November 14, 2010, 09:09 AM report to moderator

Xan Brooks never liked Back to the Future either. So don’t listen to him when he says he didn’t like Deathly Hallows.
I really liked it.
Here’s my review

Posted by MovieGeek on November 14, 2010, 09:35 AM report to moderator
667 Points

@Petra: Yes, it will be EPIC! LOL

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on November 14, 2010, 09:36 AM report to moderator
667 Points

@MovieGeek: Thank you for that honest assessment. I am looking forward to seeing it next weekend.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on November 14, 2010, 09:42 AM report to moderator
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