Midnight Release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” in a small town is nowhere near the extravaganza of the big city releases. Around Blue Ridge, kids have to go to school the next day so not nearly the number of people show up to the midnight release as some of the other cities nearby. Blue Ridge is one of the few places that still have a drive in Movie Theater. Being able to have the opportunity to go to a midnight release at a drive in is awesome, but this time of year in November it’s cold.
For a movie that is over 2 ½ hours long we just couldn’t see going to the drive-in when it was cold, but the Swan Drive In is an awesome jerk into the past for something like this, and we came just a hair from going, until we found out that the local small cinema was going to also offer one. The Blue Ridge Twin Cinema’s is defiantly what you would picture as a small town theater, its older and needs a lot of work, but knowing the owners and always seeing a familiar face is great. The prices aren’t bad at only $6 for adults (compared to the average of $14 other places) and the snacks are literally a third the price of bigger corporate movie theaters. Because of being such a small town however, there were a total of maybe 25 people show up for the release at Blue Ridge Twin Cinema’s, but it was quiet and a nice change from the crowds we are use to. I don’t know how many showed up at the drive in, but I’m sure that there where more there.
The movie itself was good, although a little drawn out. This is not something that bothered me however, because the book was also lengthy for the first part, and everything that was exciting happens towards the end. The fact that the movie also was drawn out for the first part worries me and I’m afraid a lot of the “just movie lovers” for Harry Potter will not understand and be upset. For those of us who have read and loved the books however, to see the movie play out much like the book was great.
Another issue that I worry will hurt the box office numbers for The Deathly Hallows is that it is geared more towards the adult/teen department and some of the smaller children that are interested in Harry Potter may need to wait a little while to see the movie. It is also true however that most of the people who grew up reading the books are now teens or adults, so this may not cause as much of an issue and I’m thinking it will with parents. The movie is somewhat dark and may bother younger kids, however there was really only one scene that I would worry about my daughter seeing, and it is when Ron is about to smash the locket with Gryffindor’s sword. Out of the dark fog Ron sees what bothers him most, that Hermione prefers Harry over Ron, and in this he sees Harry and Hermione kissing passionately. You can tell that the director meant for us to see them as nude, because you can clearly see lots of skin in the shot. While the “fog” covers up any privates, the fact that there is still suck a passionate and “adult” scene will bother many parents of smaller children.
Being able to watch the drama play out that takes place as Harry, Hermione, and Ron move around in the tent to stay under the radar was great. Seeing the torment that Ron faces while wearing the locket and seeing his love for Hermione that’s hidden behind the rage was exactly how I imagined it while reading the book. The effects were also great with the “fog”, house elves, and especially with seeing the changes of the polyjuice potion. For the die-hard Potter fans, this movie was exactly what we expected and played true to the books. For others it may seem dark and more adult driven, as well as drawn out. I am interested to see how well it does and can’t wait for the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” to be released in July 2011!