So what did people think?
I appear to be in the minority, finding it rather underwhelming.
But first, the good things:
- Anything Snape-related.
- Ralph Fiennes.
- Anything involving the adult wizards.
Otherwise, though, it left me with a profound sense of "oh, is that it?"
It's exactly the problem that I feared it would have, after seeing Part 1. This is, of course, largely something that would only affect somebody that hasn't read the books, such as myself:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 is all build-up, with no climax. As such, it felt like an unfinished film. It just stopped halfway through a scene. While I loved the film and really enjoyed it, the abrupt cut off didn't work as a cliffhanger, or as an 'end of part 1', or anything from a sensible narrative point of view - it just stopped.
Deathly Hallow Part 2 is all climax and no build-u-. As such, the climax is emotionally weightless and nothing has any particular resonance. Because I wasn't given any time to settle in to the world and characters, I didn't really care about anything that was happening. It was literally like walking in on a movie's final 20 minutes having missed the rest of it.
As I stated at the time Part 1 was released, they should have released both parts simultaneously. If I'd seen Part 1 and then had the option of immediately (or the next day, or whatever) seeing Part 2, it might have worked. Separated by months, it simply doesn't work. By the time I'd remembered what was going on, half the characters were already dead.
Which isn't to say it was a bad film. It isn't, by any means. But it does seem that while Yates was perfect for the character-based stuff in the previous few films, he didn't have the sense of scale to handle this climax in a suitable manner.
Also: after the Gringotts break-in, did Ron and Hermione actually do anything in this film?