Friday, December 3, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 proves third time is the charm for director David Yates and it's the best in the series for that matter.

After the lackluster Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, most thought that director David Yates would end up ruining the epic ending to the beloved series. To the contrary, he made a film that would end up putting Harry Potter films three through six to shame and it’s arguably equal to greatness of the first two films. That is a very unbelievable feat.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is directed by David Yates and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Lord Voldemort's power is growing stronger by the minute. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord by destroying them. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned.

The film starts off with a bang with splendid action in the first ten minutes. Right from the start, it shows you a taste of the very dark elements that will come later in the film. Deathly Hallows  has some great scenes in the first forty minutes with action in beautiful locations. The action starts to become scarce around that time and the mood becomes an almost depressing state. The characters are now staying hidden in the forest for a long period of time. Average movie goers might find this time very slow and maybe even boring. If you are a fan of the books then you will likely appreciate the filmmakers actually putting the scenes in the film for as long as they are in the book.

The film shows an amazing change with the characters, along with the actors,  growing up into adults and living in the real gritty world. Now, they have no teachers to help them when trouble comes their way. They use all their knowledge of magic to their advantage through the entire film. So, if you thought that magic was going to be minimal, you are wrong. Along with the maturity they find out about romance. The film switches tones often from action to thriller to romantic stress. The most obvious romantic parts are the entire middle of the film with what seems like a never ending battle with themselves. It’s amazing to see what isolation will do to three friends. A very good point that comes out during that time is being heroes isn’t always uplifting, it could be filled with loneliness and desperation.

The special effects are without a doubt the best in the series. There is multiple scenes that show special effects are just fantastic and elegant. Some people would have trouble distinguishing what is real and what is hollywood magic.

The only trouble with the film is the being able to follow the story. If you have not seen the other six films and go to see Deathly Hallows then you will be able to understand very little. Don’t let that stop you because it is an all-around  great movie and just try to enjoy the high quality of the film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


Benjamin Myers
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