9.5 out of 10
Warning, review tempered by love of series and nostalgia as it grows to a close. But man, this is definitely my favorite movie of the summer so far.
First off all, I’d like to say that this is my highest rated movie of the summer, and unlike with Super 8, I don’t think I’m going to regret giving it such a high rating. The movie beautifully wrapped up everything fans loved about this series, with the added bonus of being the movie closest in form to the book it was adapted too, but not without some amazing new scenes added for the film.
Being a movie music nerd, I was captivated by the way the composer wove in themes from all 7 films, most notably the melodies composed by John Williams over a decade ago for the first movies. The music served to remind us about the length of this journey, and where our heroes were compared to where they are now. The more poignant moments of the films really hit home the magic that JK Rowling’s series has always brought to the screen, by giving us moments where the actors shined and revealed the true depth of their characters, surprising many who were unaware of the twists in the final book. (I’m actually jealous of those people who went in not knowing what was going to happen, as the final book had some amazing surprises that were executed perfectly in the film)
At the end of the day, if you were never a fan of the series, you most likely won’t love the movie, as it takes no time to explain anything anymore as it drives toward the thrilling climax, as it assumes that if you’re watching the 8th entry in a series, you’re clearly a fan and aware of what’s going on. But if you’ve followed along with the movies and/or the books, I’m sure you’ll find something to love about the movie as I did.