It’s hard to watch a movie when the theater is stuffed with extraordinarily enthusiastic “Pottheads” and actually be objective about it (especially when you’re a Potthead yourself), but I tried my best when I saw
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.”
It was a pretty fantastic movie. The pacing didn’t falter, even though Harry, Ron and Hermione were camping in the woods most of the movie. One odd section was the destruction of the locket Horcrux and some of the liberties it took (people who read the book will know what I mean).
Other than that, it was a good mix of remaining faithful enough to the novels to please the Pottheads and cinematic enough to please the movies-only crowd. It was one of the best representations of the source material so far, and the actors have really come into their own and upped their game, especially Rupert Grint. Seven down, one to go…