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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

July 19, 2011

The end of era has finally arrived; Harry Potter is over. After a decade of film releases, a proper farewell to the series is delivered in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  After seven films, The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 finally breaks the spell of the franchise saddening the generations of moviegoers who dressed in robes, wands and glasses as well as waited, at times, in mile-long lines for each premiere, while also relieving the numerous anti-fans who despise the franchises popularity. While I will say that The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was an incredible film going experience, there’s honestly not much more to say about it that hasn’t been said about Part 1. (Review of Part 1)

Continuing from the last film, Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) now possesses the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in the world that was buried with Hogwarts’ late professor Albus Dumbledore. Harry (Daniel Radcliff), along with Ron (Rupert Grint… anyone else remember this show?) and Hermione (Emma Watson), are still venturing to find the final three Horcruxes, pieces of Voldermort’s soul that he’s placed in objects that once destroyed will make him vulnerable to death. The trio face their greatest challenge of all and must do what they can to protect Harry and everyone they love and care for. The action and story development is just as good as the previous film with Harry having to accept his fate in facing Voldermort, Hogwarts being under attack and relationships between friends developing. However, its Yates’ sharp visual eye and impressive directorial skills that once again easily becomes the highlight of the film. He uses both the camera and CGI as a perfect means to expand viewers experience with the film by transporting audience members into paintings, clouds of violent smoke and within the cloak of invisibility with Harry.

Yet unlike Part 1, Part 2’s main focus is the action which may work in favor for those who found Part 1 to be slow and dull, nevertheless, this change in focus results in a much weaker use of character development. Ginny Wesley and Harry’s relationship seem awkwardly forced in this film due to their bumbling chemistry and lack of scenes together, thus when the two finally embrace in a kiss the result is cringe-worthy—like watching Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes kiss. Also character’s who die are only given once scene prior to their death, therefore possibly creating apathy among those whom are unfamiliar with their roles in the story. Nevertheless, any fan of the franchise will not be disappointed with the final Harry Potter, as its action is steady and engaging and Fiennes’ performance as the menacing Voldermort is captivating. Running at a reasonable 120 minutes, Deathly Hollows Part 2 is  long enough to makes viewers feel satisfied with the emotional conclusions instead of anxious leave like most finales tend to feel (ahem Return of the King).

SEE IT. And finally let it fade into your memory.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2011 5:02 PM

    Among all the raving reviews of Harry Potter 8 (which I’m very much looking forward to seeing tonight!), there’s quite a few mentions of how the death of characters isn’t handled very well.. apparently they depart very quickly without much emotion.. being a huge fan of the books I hope I won’t be too disappointed. But I’m still looking forward to all the action anyway!

    • July 20, 2011 1:51 AM

      I will admit, the deaths aren’t handled well at all. If I had choppy memory or gone in blindly, I would have be very confused as to why I should care that certain people died. However, the movie is still amazing and I personally cried several times. Hope you enjoy it tonight!

  2. July 20, 2011 2:09 PM

    Hello again! I did enjoy it very much indeed 😀 It was amazing. Although the deaths were briefly done, I still felt the deep emotion of it as the camera panned over the dead. But agreed, I think anyone who hasn’t carefully followed the stories would wonder why or whether those deaths were important.
    I cried A LOT 🙂
    Overall, a really epic film and I’m very glad to have seen it at the cinema! (In 2D I might add- I’m not falling for that 3D rubbish!)

    • July 23, 2011 6:00 AM

      That’s awesome, glad you enjoyed it too! And yeah I’m with you 3D is a scam. I refuse to see anything in 3D unless it completely changes the way 3D is done.

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