Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes the keys to Voldemort's immortality.
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I wanted to say "If you love camping then this is the movie for you" Sadly my friend Yama had already made this joke. Instead iI will say I felt every death in this movie. I look forward to the finale.
- Godless, Saturday, January 1, 2011
Being a hardcore Harry Potter fan, I was completely overwhelmed by this film's perfection upon watching it the first time. A second viewing, after all the anticipation and curiosity had worn off, helped me to see "Deathly Hallows" is far from perfect, and is actually just a decent movie; a nice little preview of what the final chapter might be like. The seventh entry in the boy wizard's canon boasts riveting action sequences, outstanding visual effects and some fine work by Rupert Grint and Jason Isaacs. The addition of an animated sequence is a welcome change of pace for what has become a very dark and somewhat formulaic franchise. On the other hand, over-the-top performances and unnecessary comedic moments sort of spoil the dramatic rhythm.
- fernandorafael, Thursday, December 23, 2010
For a science fiction/action film, there are an awful lot of shots of Harry thinking. He thinks huddled up next to a tree. He thinks on a beach. He thinks while standing on rocks. It's not that I don't like contemplative characters - I do - but the film never lets us understand what is specifically going on in his mind. Readers of the books may be able to recall the the subjects of Harry's thoughts and the film's overall mystery, but as a filmmaker, Yates does little to let us in or let us participate in solving the mystery. After all, the film's title doesn't make sense until an hour and a half into my popcorn. Also - and in many circles, this is blasphemy - I don't find the three principal characters all that compelling. What is so special about Harry? Ron? Hermione? They're the "good guys," yes. And you could say, "Harry's the Chosen One." Big fucking deal; if you ask me, the Magic Jagged Scar Club could have chosen a far more charismatic leader. If I paid my friends enough, I'm sure I could be a chosen one too. Overall, I fail to see remarkably unique dimensions to them, which would keep me interested in their journey. During much of the film, I was hoping to see more scenes with David Thewlis, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, or the captivating Ralph Fiennes. Their characters, especially the "evil" ones, seem more imbued with life and complexity than the principals. I especially like the sexuality with which Fiennes's Voldemort conducts his plots. Overall, my suspicion is that the final book was not separated into two parts because there was more ground to cover but because the studios did not want to so quickly part with such a successful franchise.
- hunterjt13, Friday, December 17, 2010