Any objections to me bumping an older thread? I just saw this last night and wanted to comment.
I think what the movie lacked was the music. All of the other movies had music synced with what was going on. Music makes emotion. This one was just....silent. Seriously, I felt like I was watching a movie of the actors and actresses practicing for the movie. I cried when Dumbledore died in the movie. I cried when Sirius died in the movie. When Dobby died in the movie? I didn't shed a tear, but when I read it in the book? Oh goodness, I sobbed.
I know because the book was so long they couldn't include all the scenes, or even some of the connecting scenes...but they excluded several that I would have liked to see. Like Dudley maturing. Like WHY Harry had to leave Privet Drive.
All the other movies left me with the thought, "I can't wait to see that again! That was awesome!" But this one I want to see again, only to try and figure what the heck I missed. At first I thought I found it so dull because I had my attention on our new 2 1/2 week old son, and it was the first time we watched a movie around him, but the further in the movie it got, the more I doubted it was because of him, and more because the movie really was just that dull. Even the what would-be awesome scenes lacked. Like Ron destroying the Horcrux. Awesome graphics, but it lacked the emotion that the book explored so well. The eerie wondering feeling of where Luna really was? Meh. They failed to really put feeling behind that, too. Harry being attacked by Nagini - again, lacked the awesome, fearful emotion. I also would have liked to see better development behind Kreature. Hermione in the movie was very brisk with Kreature..she wasn't like that in the book. On the subject of Hermione.. How about when she was being tortured at Malfoy Manor in the book? No, it really wasn't explained, but the main focus was Ron's reaction. It was powerful. Ron's reaction in the movie was pathetic, I thought.
Well, I think that's all I have to say right now.. I know they were going for "dark", like the book was, but what they thought was dark, was actually bland. You can make some VERY dark movies simply by choosing the right music, and they sure as heck didn't have an issue with choosing the right music in any of the other movies except for this one.