THE WIZARDING MARATHON OF HARRY POTTER REVIEW: We are closer to the end with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” which stars Daniel Radcliffe (Horns, What If), Rupert Grint (Moonwalkers, Charlie Countryman), Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah), Robbie Coltrane (Brave, GoldenEye), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Galaxy Quest), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, Wayward Pines [TV series]), Brendan Gleeson (Troy, Edge of Tomorrow), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Reader), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Fight Club), Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Hot Fuzz), Domhall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill), David Thewlis (The Theory of Everything, Seven Years in Tibet), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Against the Sun), Timothy Spall (Enchanted, Secrets & Lies), Mark Williams (Father Brown [TV series], Flutter), John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Alien), Julie Walters (Brave, Brooklyn), Bonnie Wright (Before I Sleep, After the Dark), Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Peter Pan ), Richard Griffiths (Bedtime Stories, The History Boys), Harry Melling (Joe Mistry [TV movie], Winds of Change [short]), Fiona Shaw (True Blood [TV series], We Believed), Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Oliver Phelps (Danny and the Human Zoo [TV movie], Own Worst Enemy), James Phelps (Ward 3, Patchwork), Evanna Lynch (My Name Is Emily, It Don’t Come Easy), and Matthew Lewis (Bluestone 42 [TV series], Me Before You). It is directed by David Yates (The Legend of Tarzan, The Girl in the Café [TV movie]) and the screenplay is written by Steve Kloves (Racing with the Moon, Flesh and Bone). It is based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. Dark times are upon us. With the downfall of a powerful wizard, Voldemort (Fiennes) is closing in, searching for an item that will secure a victory in the war he wants to cause. Because of this, Harry (Radcliffe), Ron (Grint), and Hermione (Watson) must go on a search of their own to find Horcruxes, items that Voldemort has in random locations that hold a piece of himself. They must destroy them so that Voldemort has no chance of returning if he loses the war.
Being that the book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” is so long, it had to be split into two parts. Apparently, a lot of other film series based on books do the same with the final installment. Why? To get more money. There is no point to making the final film in two parts, and in some ways it is the same with this movie. The beginning was fantastic. Everything has changed since the last release, growing more dark and the characters more desperate. The first thirty minutes were action-packed, and I was hyped. This picture has amazing visual effects, better than the last installments. One scene I enjoyed was the animation they made when Hermione told a story. The cinematography, once again, was grand. The colors weren’t as dark as the previous movie, but there was an eerie presence in tones nonetheless. This film’s directing was also good. What makes these movies so interesting around this point is how close it is to the climax. More Voldemort plots, more darkness, and more danger. All of this gives way to some great performances and moments. I can’t steer away from the story’s issues though. Being the first part out of two, most of the action has to come with the second, leaving us with a film that is only serving as a process to get to the second portion. I won’t say that this movie is a cash grab. Sure, the studio wants money, but I think that there is enough meat to the story and character development that it doesn’t feel like a complete waste. What my problem is, however, is that there is an abundance of slow scenes. The engaging story elements in this release feel strung out at times, leaving me to sit through an over two-hour experience that could have been condensed into an hour and a half. That would be the only issue I found in this, but it’s a rather huge one. I know that this is a much shorter review than all of my other ones for these Harry Potter films, but there isn’t much to say about this release. Overall, it’s a pretty good movie that has some strong points, but the rest could be condensed into a shorter, more respectable, runtime. FINAL SCORE: 85%= Juicy Popcorn
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