I will admit, I am a Harry Potter fan. I love the books and I've enjoyed seeing them come to life on-screen. Some have been better than others, but they've all been crowd-pleasers.
The older Harry gets, and the more powerful Voldemort gets, the darker the stories get. That definitely rings true for this film! It. Is. DARK. So dark, in fact, that I was sure something was wrong with the small screen on the seat in front of me on the plane; many times I couldn't see anything at all!
What could be seen was definitely a PG-13. The film's content is pretty dark, and not for young children, no matter how much they like the books. It follows the story pretty well, which for me also meant that you can feel like you are watching the bulk of 700+ pages; I remember in the theatres glancing at my watch near the end, wondering if it would be over soon. That's never a good sign.
As much as I love Harry Potter, I was disappointed with this installment overall. The screenwriters took a few liberties with the book's storyline, and one scene in particular made me squirm.
When Ron and Harry are destroying the Horcrux necklace in the forest, Ron sees a vision of Harry and Hermione together, as in unclothed and "snogging". I had been forewarned about this scene, and saw the arguments that the young actors were in fact decently covered, that not much is shown, that the vision is hazy. So when I saw a silvery, though pretty clear picture of a topless Hermione and Harry, it made me pretty uncomfortable.
It's just a shame that movie producers think that these kind of scenes are necessary. I mean, a simple clothed snogging session between the two could have made Ron just as mad. Unfortunately, most in the movie industry care more about money than morals. And we fall for it every time. I mean, despite that, I still went to see it. And I'm going to see the next one, too.
What about you? Midnight showing, anyone?