As the Harry Potter movies go, this one is pretty good. It’s still vaguely incomprehensible to me since I haven’t read the books, because there’s a fair amount of stuff that left me with questions.
And I still can’t tell why the Muggles are supposedly so much stupider than wizards. Other than the flying around on sticks feat, normal people seem to have magic licked with technology. The magical spell part of the HP series has always been something I’ve struggled lazily to “get”. It hasn’t made me read the books yet, but I’m planning on doing that someday. Maybe after the last movie. I like judging the movies on their own merits, which unfortunately leaves me not being able to “fill in the gaps” that they all have.
This movie felt pretty long, except it’s only a two hour affair. It starts off slowly, but it is decently paced. The last half hour is a lot of fun. The acting is a bit better than usual, and I was impressed all the hell over by Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore in this movie, and also by Imelda Staunton in particular as his nemesis pink-loving cat-loving sugary evil horrible bitch.
Most of the things I didn’t understand looked as though they could be cut entirely out of the movie, but I’m guessing they could have been expanded upon, too, if the filmmakers really wanted me to give a crap about them. Anyway. Decent movie.