I don’t really stream movies. In all fairness, having two children to look after means I rarely watch movies full stop, unless they are of the animated variety. However, plagued by the annoyance that is insomnia, and not really wanting to watch late night/early morning poker, I caved in and gave Zune on the Xbox 360 a go. Due to the fact I’m a big fan of the books, my film of choice was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Out of all of the Harry Potter films, this is the one I’ve been looking forward to the most. It dives straight into the main quest which involves Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) seeking out and destroying the remaining Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort. If this task succeeds then Voldemort will be vulnerable, and he can be confronted and killed.[drop2] Of course, Voldemort is wise to Harry’s plan, and gathers his followers to launch a devastating attack on Hogwarts. It’s this battle that I was looking forward to, and it didn’t disappoint. Death Eaters vs. The Order, giants and spiders vs. Hogwarts students; it’s an assault on the eyes and ears with large explosions and spells being cast left, right and centre.
It’s also surprisingly violent and much darker than the first few films, with one major death in particular sending a shiver down my spine as the person’s body was repeatedly slammed against a frosted window, with flecks of blood on display. The film also has a fair amount of emotional scenes; with revelations, farewells and acts of camaraderie. The cast don’t disappoint when it comes to conveying this emotion, and it’s amazing to see how much they have grown since bursting onto the scene all those years ago.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a fitting end to a decade’s worth of films. Part of me feels sad that the journey has ended, after all they have been consistently around since I was eighteen, but at least it went out with a bang. Highly recommended for all you Potter fans.
Zune impressed me as well. I opted for streaming the SD content, as my broadband is a trifle asthmatic, and it worked really well with no buffering at all. Of course, the downside was the SD content, but it was by no means an awful picture and the whole experience was rather painless.
You know what? I might just start streaming movies a bit more often.