Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Some thoughts from someone who has read the entire book series and seen all the movies (except Half-Blood Prince - actually watching it tonight, and I quite enjoyed the book) and generally been a fan of the whole Harry Potter thing:
- I'm staking my claim that the two-part gimmick for this movie is going to be a gigantic box-office success but an artistic mistake. My recollection of the Deathly Hallows book is that there's a lot of downtime between action and that there just isn't enough content to stretch this to two movies. And the result of this will be two "good" movies padded out rather than one "excellent" movie.
- Or maybe just two "meh" movies, as I cringed when I saw at the end of the trailer that the movies are going to be in 3D. I hate to sound like an old geezer, but I still really despise this whole 3D craze. Frankly, 3D is off-putting for me - I see it as a gimmick to excuse lazy film-making and a method of ensuring that the director spends his/her time maximizing the 3D effects rather than, say, a coherent plot and good characters. I'd much rather see a movie made in 2D and not be distracted by the director playing around with shots just to get the audience to go, "Ooooh!" on a 3D effect.