|Do wizards not need to bathe?|
Good actors acting in front of too many green screens with little to go by doesn't produce great cinema. CGI can produce a lot of amazing set pieces and amazing battles, but without having characters that you can really connect to, they mean nothing. I am not saying that this is the problem here. There are lots of good actors in the movie, but most of the moments that you really connect with these characters felt like had happened in other movies and not with what was going on now. I never felt like I had time to really care about a lot of characters and was too busy watching the pretty fights and magic. I mean, you know who is good and evil, but a lot of the themes and plot points have been dragged over seven other movies and by the end, it just seemed like there was so much stuff that was missing or were presented as something that you already knew from reading the books that I felt confused more times than I like to admit. This led into the other problem of relying too heavily on the books. I am not saying that they should not follow the books, what I am saying is that it felt like there were parts that the director felt like you should already know from the books that didn't need to be explained. Why did they interrogate the guy about the wands in the beginning? Why didn't they use Bellatrix's wand to get into the bank as proof of who she was? Why couldn't three powerful wizards open a locked gate in the town outside of Hogwarts? How did Hagrid end up in the woods? How did Harry come back from the dead? Why doesn't Voldemort have a nose (is that the part of him that Harry got as an infant)? Why did Snape and Harry's mom have the same patronus? Why didn't Harry hug Jenny after he killed Voldemort? Why didn't Harry fix the flippin' school with the most powerful wand ever made before he broke it? Was the nineteen year later thing really necessary? I just felt lost too many times and the whole end game things felt overly complicated - which I am sure made a lot more sense in the context of a book.
Don't get me wrong, I did like the movie. Big and epic and fun...I just didn't connect with the characters like I wish I would have. It seemed to wrap it all up and everything happened that needed to happen in order for there to be closure after the seven movies that came before it. I think in the end, your enjoyment is colored by your familiarity with the material and your connection to the characters. I have no doubt that someday I will eventually have some "ah-ha!" moments when I read the books and look back at the movies. I really look forward to that.