There may be no such thing as fun for the entire family, but Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes pretty close. (Joshua, having never seen Part 1 and not being a huge fan of the genre, didn’t go, so….)
Opening day is the best experience when it comes to movies with a devoted following. When “Return of the Jedi” opened in theaters, my friend Tricia and I arrived 2.5 hours early in order to be first in line. I still remember the chills that ran up my spine and the cheer that went up when that one of a kind Star Wars Logo flashed onto the screen and then faded into the distance. Magic.
Today was similar. The theater was sold out and the audience excited and breathless. My kids and their friends squirmed in their seats in anticipation when the lights finally went down and hung on every moment for the next 2+ hours.
The movie did not disappoint. We thought it the best of the bunch, which is saying a lot. It is an amazing thing that there was not a bad movie among the 8 Harry Potter films that have graced our screens over the last 10 years. The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was so good I am thinking of seeing it again, just for good measure. The last time I saw a movie more than once in the theater was Brokeback Mountain; once by myself, once with Joshua, once with my friend Hallie, and possibly one other time I’ve forgotten. Good movies deserve more than one viewing. Deathly Hallows is a very, very good movie. The reason I know it is so good is that you don’t notice when it varies from the books, which it does in details but never in plot (the key, according to John Irving, to a successful movie adaptation of a novel).
And no matter how dated or faded the movies may become, we will still have J.K. Rowlings books available whenever we feel like revisiting the world of Hogwarts, the Muggles and a bedroom under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive.