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21 July 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Directed by: David Yates
Screenplay by: Steve Kloves
Based on the Novel by J.K Rowling 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 130 Minutes
For any die hard Potter fan the final conclusion to the worldwide phenomenon will not disappoint. The story is monumental cinema that will reach out to people young or old as a message of there is evil inside of all of us, but we can overcome it. It’s full of unbelievably thrilling action, more explanation and purpose to the story and plenty of powerful drama.  Lest I forget it is also filled with powerful acting and visually dazzling effects. For any major Potter fan a feeling of satisfaction will be with you when the film ends as well as a tear for the multi-billion franchise that has spanned for a decade. This film for me has been my most anticipated since I saw Deathly Hallows part 1 and it’s the most anticipated film for me since Toy Story 3. Simply mind-blowing for sure and it’s easily one of the best films of this year. 

Although I talk highly of this film, it is kind of biased considering I am a huge Potter fan, so my score isn’t over the top. Regardless of that this stands as an amazingly action packed emotional film that definitely deserves some awards for the upcoming Academy Awards. Director David Yates once again pulled it off and the direction and editing was very thrilling and well played out. It is hard to express how much I love this film without including spoilers, but I shall try my best not spoil one thing.  Similar to the previous film, a lot of things/people reappear from the first six films. In the climactic battle scene at Hogwarts so many characters return. We see Bellatrix Lestrange destroyed by Ron’s mother after she called Bellatrix a ‘bitch’ which was funny as it was rewarding, a ‘you got what you deserved’ kind of moment. Neville Longbottom makes a great revival and we also see also have small returning’s from Seamus Finnegan, teacher Sybill Trelawney, Ron’s obsessive girlfriend in Half-Blood Prince, Lavender, Minerva McGonagall and Horace Slughorn.

 Even returning from the very first film is the Goblin from Gringotts Griphook and even Ollivander, the wand shop keeper is there. The way there is so many characters in the story and the idea of seeing them again and knowing of how they become more important to the plot is one of the many exciting things the Potter films do. Things aren’t always as they seem a wonderful running theme from start to finish with the film’s series.
One thing for sure is the film had my eyes opened wide more than any other film I have seen in the cinema. Constantly more and more is explained and it makes you think back about everything that has happened in all the films. The tension was thrilling and the action was equally brilliant. Things become clearer and the unbelievable details are explained, making the story of Harry Potter one of the most exciting ever conceived. J.K Rowling is one of the modern day literary geniuses for sure and her epic story will not be forgotten. She had a hard time writing the books as she suffered from depression and it is easy to see her heart and soul were put into the story. Hopefully she writes more books in the future, and in a documentary I saw, she announced she is considering writing a new children’s book.

The performances were absolutely breath-taking and are easily the most powerful of the series. We see Professor Snape like never before in both deeper character study and with back story, and it’s one of the most interesting things to behold in the film. Alan Rickman gave an award-worthy performance as Professor Snape, boasting true emotion of the once feared and mysterious teacher of Hogwarts who, up until the 6th film, is very important to the plot. Once again, Radcliffe, Watson and Grint have served out golden acting that is no less than outstanding. Neville Longbottom, that nerdy little kid you always remembered from the first few films makes a huge impression in this film. Since Order of the Phoenix he has faded into the story more and in this film he appears as a strong, honest and wonderful character. I also would like to add that Matthew Lewis (his actor) has changed more than an of the other students that have appeared. You look at him in the first films and you see a nerdy, buck-toothed kid and when you look at him here, he is… well… more mature than ever. It barely even resembles his younger self. All of the cast members have changed in appearance naturally and as I have said in previous reviews of the Potter films, it’s a wonderful transition to see them grow up.
Voldemort and his Death-Eaters.
 The visual effects where overwhelming, more so than any of the films I’ve seen this year and certainly in any of the Potter films. In one scene we encounter a huge magical fire snake that chases Harry, Ron and Hermione and what a dazzling effect it was. I couldn’t even start to explain all the wonderful CGI in this film as it would go on forever. I commonly detest the CGI in live-action films today (as being lazy or pointless), this film really does suit it and they are unbelievably believable (wait, what did I say?). I don’t completely hate CGI in live-action but it has got to the point where it is usually pointless. And I’m a huge animation fan. Overall I give high thumbs up to visual effects supervisor, Tim Burke and the companies who are responsible for such dazzling effects; Framestore, Double Negative and Moving Picture Company.

I am not prepared to explain the final scene of the film, but I will explain the feeling it created. It ends in a kind of cycle as it reminds you of Harry first going to Hogwarts and that’s the best I can explain it without saying what happens. It was a beautiful, genius and warm way for it to end. J.K Rowling’s outstanding writing achievement has to be commended. It’s almost like Star Wars; it’s been a phenomenon and has one giant story full of characters. I am also not prepared to say which franchise/series is better because they are both terrific in their own way (although I don’t favour much in Episode 1 of Star Wars). Many characters die within the film and that is something I am willing to include in this review. It shows the tragedy that Voldemort brings to the wizarding world and is truly a character that in no way, shape or form is pleasant. As I have said before he is the ultimate persona of evil. He is a character you can pity as well as hate. He will never know what love, friendship and even real happiness is. A deep character analyses I will admit, but that’s what the character truly stands as.

Most Potter fans are going to consider this the best in the series which is highly understandable and I strongly agree with that. Although, it is the ending film so beside Harry Potter 2, 3 and 7 p1, I consider this to be one of the best. It is sad to see the Potter franchise go, but thankfully it ended in an overly-satisfying way. The series has been exciting, thrilling, emotional, and comical and every other emotion you can think of. At least a hundred characters, over 4000 pages of magic and an outstandingly gripping story.  Overall this film is a beautiful ending and a story packed with outstanding action, dazzling special effects and powerful performances from the whole cast.

My Rating: 9/10

1 comment:

  1. Great review, we seem to feel exactly the same way.



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