I’ll still trying to let the experience of Half-Blood Prince sink in as I sit in the far-too-opulent lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and steal their also-too-opulent wi-fi. My review is here, but the main thing to glean is that the films continue to be elevated in terms of cinematic artistry.
That’s why I was really happy to hear direct David Yates claim that the next two films (which represent the last book) will be a road trip movie and an operatic epic respectively.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it’s clear that Yates wants to switch up gears yet again, creating another new style and look just as he’s done with the last two films. And considering the story from the seventh book, it seems fitting that he plans on shooting the first film from that novel as a road movie – featuring the main three characters traveling. Of course that infers a considerable departure from the heavy use of Hogwarts that’s been a mainstay of the series. Everything happens within the halls of that school, but it looks like the next installment will wave goodbye to those old stones for the open road.
A bit like three refugees being pursued across the landscape,” Yates said describing the tone.
He also went on to describe his style for the film as “vereitae,” “edgy” and “almost documentary-like.”
The second film of the novel he described as being an opera, taking on all the epic natures of a grand story being told about larger than life characters. It seems that the point of all of this is that the series will end with two radically different films – one, an intimate look into characters and the other, a grandiose, mythic telling of the Boy Who Lived.
I’m sure that Yates doesn’t mean there will be singing in the last film, but it does bring up a great concept. Harry Potter Rock Opera anyone?
Oh, and Deathly Hallows is filming currently.
What do you think? Do you dig that vision?