Allyson Curtis (MacAllyson)
Allyson's Favorite Movies
Fantastically done. This has to be the best Harry Potter adaptation... although you'd be amazed what happens when you actually use the dialogue from the books. Seeing it in IMax made the whole experience even more satisfying, especially the 20 minutes of 3D during the battle in the Ministry of Magic. I think the best thing about this movie is that it really pulled the focus onto the main plot that's been going on throughout the entire literary series. Yes, it may have butchered out ten chapters, but the psychological elements of the book just don't translate well on screen. I was pleased to see that they focused on what was important that would carry through to the other movies that mattered the most. Besides, I think that everyone will agree that it's good that Harry didn't yell through the entire thing and acting all emo and that we didn't see Cho crying all over the place because of her divided affections for Cedric and Harry (not to mention it's good they cut out the numerous times Cho walked away from Harry because Hermione walked in). All the hormones, yes, it's a part of growing up, but it really would have detracted from the central story of the continuing saga of Harry vs. Voldemort. Oh, and watching Dumbledore fight Voldemort was just as amazing as when Yoda fought Palpatine. Yeah, that was a sight to behold.
This one is the most loyal to the book and the time period. And you can't object to seeing Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy... He's the only man perfect for the part.