Went to see this yesterday and ended up seeing the 2D digital HD version, where you notice the crispness of the image at the beginning, then get too absorbed in the movie to really pay attention. And that they made the series climax it’s own movie it’s nice to see everything in such quality. But as a movie, it felt a little strange, because there’s not much of a beginning and middle to it.
The biggest cut was also the most understandable, that being the Dumbledore/Grindelwald backstory, though they did include Ariana in the end, as well as most of the other spoken accounts. Everything else is more or less here, and I was impressed by the extent they went to in including all the book characters in the background, even calling on Emma Thompson for a shot that barely lasted a second, and giving Blaise Zabini a little appearance(though I’m sure some of the fans are mad at seeing him as one of Draco’s minions, but when they’d lost Crabbe’s actor for outside reasons it was simply the most logical place to put him).
And really, if you’re going to take two hours just to tell a climax, you’d better have all the good bits, and they did. They had Maggie Smith being powerfully awesome, Alan Rickman reducing the viewer to tears, and Julie Walters facing down impossible expectations heaped down on her delivery of a single line, and her doing said line absolute justice. They had Neville Longbottom, Neville Longbottom, and more Neville Longbottom, and if the writer had a bit too much pair the spares fondness for the HMS The Government Stole My Toad, well, it works here. (And yes, I just wrote that so I could get the ship name in. Some opportunities you can’t resist.) They had Ron and Hermione kissing, and if it wasn’t as priceless as the kiss in the books, it was still great. They had Daniel Radcliffe finishing his entrance into the pantheon of great British actors that have supported him through these eight movies.
It is kind of sad now, to think there’ll be no more Harry Potter movies. Though they could probably makes The Tales of Beadle the Bard into a tv special or something.