REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

"This is one of the coolest movie posters I've ever seen."

Voldemort has the elder wand and time is running out for Harry and his friends.  With only three Horcurxes remaining, Harry, Hermione and Ron race against time as Voldemort and his evil minions close in on Hogwarts ready to destroy anyone and anything that stands in the way of the dark lord's vengeance.

The Harry Potter series has come a long way since its humble children tale beginnings, something far more evident now when looking back at the early films and trailers.  I didn't watch the first three in theatres as I wasn't a fan of the books or the feel of the early films.  I'm not much for little kids being plunged into an adult world, spouting off adult dialogue you know they wouldn't say as well as being exposed to adult situations that they shouldn't be able to handle with the ease they always seem to.  That said, when GOBLET OF FIRE came out I did hit the theatres and was blown away by just how grown up and dark the series had become.  This got my attention and I've been captivated ever since.

I can say with all honesty that I'm no fan of breaking a film in half, especially with a sure fire hit like HALLOWS.  Maybe the story IS so big that it's merited and maybe it's not.  The point here is that everyone (especially in Hollywood) knew this would make enough money to build a space station with a connecting shuttle route from Earth to half the neighbouring planets in our galaxy.  So at the end of the day you can't help but think they did it for the money (not the fans) and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth (the same can be said of the abysmal looking BREAKING DAWN).  Beyond that, though slow, the first half of HALLOWS apparently followed the book quite closely as does the second half so who knows, maybe it was for the best.

This film doesn't even remotely suffer from slow spots or boredom, the action is front and center and runs right off the page.  The effects are bare none just as extravagant as they've ever been (that white dragon was gorgeous down to the last detail) making it clear that no expense was overlooked.  I found the story's twist with Snape to be a decent, fulfilling and very enjoyable.  Like I said, I didn't read the books so I was in the dark here and that's precisely how I wanted this experience to be.  For some reason though, I thought I'd heard or read somewhere that two of three friends died in this film but clearly I was mistaken.  As for the ending, without giving anything too much away here, I was mildly let down by the mundane "here we go again" vibe.  It felt a little too perfect and fairytale like for my tastes, especially considering the dark turn this story has taken over the past few years.  I'm not saying I didn't want a happy ending, I just felt Rowling could have wrapped it up a bit better than she did.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 is everything you want out of a potter film; epic on every level (save for the very end in my humble opinion) from the action, to the drama and most definitely the acting.  By now these fine actors know their roles, they're portrayal of these magical characters is one of love, respect and talent.  The potter kids are all grown up and shine just as bright as their adult counterparts, there are many characters featured this time around but most get to have their say and/or go out with a bang.  I do feel that there's a sadness in the air now, that Harry, Hogwarts and all those who dwell there will be sorely missed.  Hollywood will try (and have been trying) to fill the gap left by this beloved series to no avail and will no doubt continue to fail in that regard.  Once in awhile we get treated to something magical like this and it's near impossible to replicate that magic.  It's something that just happens (like GAME OF THRONES).  I know I'm not the first the first to say this and probably won't be the last, but I'd like to thank Harry and his friends for letting me tag along on this wonderful journey and know that I'll look in on you guys from time to time always happy to revisit this fantastic world.

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Sadie Heldberg said...

What a wonderful review; I agree that part 2 did not disappoint. I had the pleasure of watching Deathly Hallows 2 during a recent business trip for Dish, and I was blown away. Ralph Fiennes is such a perfect villain; producing evil in a way that I have not seen since he played Amon in "Shindler's List". I have to say that I spent most of the series with a distain for Professor Snape, which is a shame because I love Alan Rickman. Only to find out he's been protecting Harry and he literally dies for nothing. So I've decided I need to watch the entire series again on Dish Online via my laptop with my new found perspective, which I think will be fun and entertaining while I'm away from my family, traveling.

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