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Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2 Reviews & Winnie The Pooh Reviews
Reviews round-up for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Winnie The Pooh, and MSN FilmFan video insights.

Horrible Bosses Reviews

After 10 years, 20 hours of screen time, and $7 billion in theatrical box office, the adaption of 42,000 pages comes to an end with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2. After all this time most of the action here takes place in a single day. Here’s what the critics are saying –

Hollywood Reporter

“An outstanding capper to the most lucrative film franchise of all time. To put it mildly, a massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please… The eventual sight of Hogwarts as a crumbled ruin is striking, the cinematography outclasses what was accomplished last time out, and some of the makeup effects — especially the goblins and a shocking glimpse of a fetal Voldemort — are sensational.”

LA Times

“One of the best in the series. Dealing with only the final third of the last book…it expands on relatively brief passages and turns them into satisfying visual splendors, such as the twisting and turning journey below the earth to see what’s inside the vault belonging to Bellatrix. …The 3D is a distraction that needs getting used to in the dialogue sequences but is effective when the action is hot and heavy.”

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 currently holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 79% for Part 1.

Winnie The Pooh Reviews

WINNIE THE POOH is relentlessly nostalgic and old fashioned except for Zooey Deschanel performing three songs. It’s not a recipe for box office success – the 69 minute movie has tanked in the UK. I wonder why Peter ‘Optimus Prime’ Cullen was dropped as the voice of Tigger, since he’s been doing it for 20 years? Anyway, here’s what the critics are saying –

Roger Ebert

“In a time of shock-value 3-D animation and special effects, the look of the film is gentle and pleasing. It was hand-animated, I’m told, and the backgrounds use a subtle and reassuring watercolor style. It’s a nightmare-proof experience for even the youngest viewers.”

Time

“About as unexciting as a movie can get. That is not an insult: this Pooh, which takes its plotlines directly from A.A. Milne, will be a boon to parents of very small children everywhere. It’s classically Disney, as if Walt himself (actually, John Cleese) were reading us a story.”

Winnie The Pooh currently holds a 90% rating on RT.

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  • Thom said

    In terms of Harry Potter films I’d say this was pretty perfect. Lot’s of surprising twists and turns that help to tie the whole arcing plot together. I don’t think you would need to see the other films to enjoy it, as long as you have a basic understanding of what a Horcrux is.
    After spending part 1 with the Harry, Ron & Hermione it was great to see a bit more of the other characters like Snape, Draco, McGonagall, and of, course Neville. The spirit of all Hogwarts was really heart-warming. The characters conveyed great emotion and empathy. Finally we get to see Voldemort for more than 5 minutes! He really sends a chill down your spine & I think he terrifies my 6yr old!
    The effects were spectacular, with the 3D really helping to make the magic pop. The final battle left me breathless but managed to recover to enjoy the final pointless but very rewarding “19 years later” epilogue.
    I was surprised to see so little of Hagrid. Dolores Umbridge was nowhere to be seen, perhaps she was off with the missing centaurs? That’s the problem when you have so many characters in one film! I also could have done without the Gringott’s bank rollercoaster ride.
    There is so much else I could talk about but I think now’s the tie to go and read the books instead (or at least listen to the audio ones!).

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Glad you and the fam enjoyed. I haven’t read the book so am looking forward to being surprised, have to check it out this week before it moves off the biggest screens. I did want to see Dolores Umbridge get her ass kicked but I guess Part 1 had that moment, albeit brief.

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