November 18, 2011
Difficult scenes were handled well, with one GLARING exception
The movie was pretty faithful to the book and, due to being in two parts, was able to include important dialogue and details from the book which otherwise would have been eliminated due to length. The film handled sensitive topics and difficult scenes very well, including sex,pregnancy, blood, and violence, with surprising delicacy and tact and without explicit depictions, gratuitous nudity, or superfluous gore. As usual, the language was acceptable throughout with no offensive swearing. There was a great deal of tenderness and humor in the movie too, providing a welcome relief from the darker and more intense themes. All of the acting was improved from previous movies. The only exception to this positive review is a single ill-conceived scene where the wolf-pack communicates telepathically with one another (in strange, booming, reverberating voices), which was so ludicrous and reminiscent of bad 1970s Planet of the Apes stuff, that I actually laughed out loud.
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