First of all, awesome film. If you’re into the Harry Potter movies, see it. You know you want to.
Comparing it to the book, this time, moreso than with any of the other films, it seems largely made up of scenes that are in the spirit of the book rather than straight from it. The big scenes are there, but the spaces in between are what I didn’t specifically recall from reading the series. I didn’t mind that. It still works and felt somewhat fresh and new to me at times.
Things are hinted at I recalled from the story itself to fill in the blanks, which I think may leave someone who hadn’t read the books thinking there’s more story there somewhere. Well, there is.
One thing I’m not sure how they could include, but I think is important, is explaining Dumbledore’s black, cursed hand. There’s absolutely no explanation in the film which leaves it up to you to make your own of it. Without giving anything away, it’s from a curse, with no cure, involved in his search for what he’s been looking for in this film.
This live action movie is based on an animated film of the same name. The animated one was good, I have it on DVD and I think it was only 45 minute to an hour. While there are scenes in the live action version that I kind of recalled from the animated one, it was definitely worse and the crappy special effects didn’t do much to help. If you have an interest, skip this one and watch (or re-watch) the original.
The camerawork in this film was so jumpy it left you feeling almost dizzy at times. Other than that the film was okay. Afterwards though, you feel like you watched a highlight reel of the movie, not really getting into the characters all that much.