This. Movie. Was. Epic.
This movie was the perfect culmination of the my 13+ year relationship with this series. I’ve been marinading my thoughts about it over the week; there are a lot of things that could be said, but there are three main points that I think any viewer should take away from this movie:
- The Series Has Gotten Older
Looking back from the final Harry Potter installment, you wouldn’t hardly be able to recognize that the first few movies are even a part of the same series. A large degree of this is due to the cinematography, no doubt, but even in the approach to the subject matter. J.K. Rowling wrote the books progressively darker and less child-friendly (not a complaint, just an observation) as the series went on. My guess is that this movie, which overwhelmingly deals with death, has no other option but to tackle that dark side head-on. There is a lot of room for existential conversation around the last twenty minutes of the movie. A class on post-modernism would have a field day with that material.
- They want you to cry
SPOILER ALERT: during the scene in the woods, right before Harry dies and talks to all his dead relatives, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater. Right after that loud scene when everything fades to white and gets silent, it was like a symphony of sniffling noses. They milked that moment for all it was worth. Especially when Harry asks the spirits of his dead family and friends if they’ll stay with him, and they say “to the very end. We’re in your heart.” As a boy who has issues with death and dying, that whole part really tore me up. Again, if you are still trying to decide if this movie is appropriate for your young child, maybe wait a few years or explain to them about what happens when you die.
- Get better hair stylists
In the epilogue part of the movie, all the characters are supposed to be 19 years older. This, however, does not mean that they’re supposed to have horrid hair. I guess whoever was in charge of hair and makeup decided to make everyone look like they were from Fargo in the 80’s. Big hair does not an old person make. For the third time I will warn you, if you are trying to decide if this movie is appropriate for your young child, either reconsider or please have a serious sit-down conversation with them about the importance of having a trustworthy hair stylist.
I also saw Horrible Bosses this weekend. I’ll post my thoughts tomorrow. In the meantime, discuss amongst yourselves what the real impact is of having bad hair.