Harry Potter and the Half a Movie
So I finally got around to seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. It was good. Certainly a better adaptation than the last two films. It manages to follow the convoluted plot of the book fairly faithfully, though it does also get bogged down a little during the tent scenes. As always, the cast is great, with Rupert Grint once more providing most of the laughs. Bill Nighy is unfortunately underused as the new Minister of Magic (apparently all you have to do to take over the wizarding world is bump off the current minister).
There is a genuine feeling of dread and despair throughout the movie, with the wearing of the horcrux locket recalling Lord of the Rings with its effect on the heroes' temperaments as they take turns wearing it. Since this is a movie with no ending, this was never going to be as satisfying storywise as the other films, but the filmmakers do a good job with the split (the death of a certain house elf is surprisingly moving). If they can handle the intricacies of Part II (especially Snape's revelations) it should be a fantastic climax to the series.