Alright, so first-off, I'm just going to put this out there: if you're looking for an action-packed, plot-thick, somber Potter, this one might not be for you. Not that the film was absent of those things, but there was significantly less focus on them. Overall, I was happy with it, but as a fan of the books, I always have to lower my expectations - after all, it's impossible to fit every detail from the books into a movie that people are willing to sit through.
David Yates, the director, did a wonderful job showing the emotional side of Hogwarts and it's inhabitants, which is a huge theme in the sixth book as well. You find yourself following closely behind the characters... even those who seem the least likely to be able to feel for. You want to throttle Ron (Rupert Grint) when he's just too thick to get his act together, and your heart absolutely aches for Hermione (Emma Watson) as she cries over Ron, and looks to Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) with what can only be described as a lost feeling in her eyes. Harry is really, in truth, the middleman in this one. Obviously being the main character, he's important, as is his mission, but with a lovely loss of focus on his story, we get delicious insight into the love story of Ron and Hermione, and the travels and despair of Draco Malfoy. Oh yes, Malfoy. If anything, the movie was just as much about him as Harry. And actor Tom Felton pulled it off triumphantly. With sobbing scenes in bathrooms, and ever the nervous air about him, you're always wondering what's going on with Draco.
Admittedly, there were many scenes that, if left out, the film would have seemed much more like a typical Potter film... and yet, it would not have been nearly as hilarious. The best example that comes to mind is the sequence of scenes in which Harry has just taken a steroid-like potion to give him luck. But I think the potion gave fans more luck, because Harry on stimulants is utterly hilarious. There were just perfect scenes that had the theatre rolling, and many people uttering "What the heck? This is the best!"
But as Sierra and I sat there, we had eyes for only one witch, and whenever she entered, our hearts beat just a bit faster. Helena was absolutely and undeniably perfect. Putting an even bigger spin on her character, Bellatrix, and adding her own Helena touches, she was quite something. She had a fairly large amount of screen time, and as she promised, she milked every moment. If you're a Helena fan (and why wouldn't you be if you're on this site?) then this is a must see!
Finally, I leave you with a weak ending, much like the film did. Enough said, but overall, "FILM GOOD"