I will subscribe to Graig's new theme and clear out some outstanding films.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 (2010, David Yates) download
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (2011, David Yates) download
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012, Peter Jackson) cinema
Now You See Me (2013, Louis Letterier) download
The final two left the most impression on me of all the movies. It is easier to think about them as one long long movie. Easily the darkest movies of the series, they carried a heavy melancholy The weight of the prophecy Harry has been experiencing since the first movie is overshadowed by Voldemort's nasty campaign to make sure Harry fails. Everything is dull and grey, from the dull streets of London to the cold, narrow streets of Godric's Hollow. Wizard society is falling apart around them and the trio of old friends have to flee like criminals into the dark. And death is all around Harry. Real death, not alluded to or far away death. These are not kids movies but movies for the kids grown up.
My favourite scene is the ending, seeing the aging Harry and Ron with their kids heading off to Hogworts. It must be nice, almost twenty years later to send their own back to a likely rebuilt and healed place that not only educated them but changed their life and that of the world.
What didn't I enjoy? Well, basically because it was a retrograde recreation of the LotR movies. Structure, style and even format were recreated to make this movie attractive to the non-reader fans of the earlier movies. Its not the additional content to extend to three movies that bothered me but the fact these added elements seemed so familiar. There had to be a Big Bad orc, there had to be a chase scene underground and there had to be flashback scenes with grand battles and the sweeping grandeur of Middle Earth. I wanted more faerie tale The Hobbit and less The Lord of the Rings, Pt 4.
I am not sure of what I really thought of this movie. I rather dislike the premise, a bunch of Las Vegas, reality-TV type magicians and street cons brought together by a shadowy organization doing seemingly impossible real magic. Their first act robs a bank in Paris and gives all the money to the audience. From there its a crime caper as two cops try to bring down the magic gang and figure out how they are doing it at the same time.
The movie smacks of the interest in (real) magic that was shown in The Prestige and The Illusionist but with the modern charlatanism we see on TV. It is kind of fun to see them blow up the faux magic and there is an even more fun twist to the story and I rather like Leterrier as a director. But it is not a great movie, more a pop-corn-burp rental.