Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review


Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 had allot to live up to in peoples minds, mine included. Having read the books there was allot in the final film that needed to be carried with care. The film also had to prove to me if it was worth splitting the story into the two parts it is now.

Picking up right where Part 1 ended; Dobby is dead, they still need to find several Horcruxes and Harry, Ron and Hermione are on a beach seemingly no closer to there goal of destroying Lord Voldermort.

The first thing Part 2 continues to do right following in Part 1's footsteps is to provide fantastic cinematography. The landscapes and scenery always looks wonderful.

Straight of the bat however the film still suffers from 'do you know your Harry Potter lore' much like Part 1 did. Which is okay for someone who has read the books and followed the franchise very closely. For the person just watching the films as they came out and not paying to much attention to all the detail the story has quickly become rather confusing. I had many friends tell me they struggled to understand allot of what was happening in Part 1 and the same will happen here. I'd defiantly suggest re-watching Part 1 before jumping into Part 2 because the film excepts you to know whats happening/happened and doesn't stop to fill you in on any information.

Another downfall was the quick turn from the friendship themed Part 1 to a Harry themed movie in Part 2. Sure the franchise is called 'Harry Potter and...' but the film seems to take too quick of a turn and your left wondering what Ron and Hermione are up to most the time.

On the same note allot of characters seem to be shoved into the film at some point just to give themselves a last bow to the audience. Professor Flitwick shows up and participates in a cool moment in the film but it just seems like he was put there so you would know where he was when it all ended.


'It all ends here'
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) & Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes)

That said every cast member gives there finest performance in the franchise and everyone puts there all in to this grand finale.


Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 flows allot better than Part 1. Anyone that complained about the slow moving camping scenes of Part 1 will be happy here. It moves nicely from down time to the non-stop thrill ride in the last hour or so. The last 30 minutes will have you on the edge of your seat and with a tear in your eye.

Lord Voldermort and The Death Eaters

It's finally over and I'm sure I'm not the only person wishing it wasn't. But here we are and Deathly Hallows Part 2 provides and very nice wrap up to franchise, one that we've been leading towards ever since the start. David Yates has Directed these last two finely and the whole cast provide fantastic performances. This is probably one of the best Harry Potter films, second to Prisoner of Azkaban. But this one will always be remembered for tying the knot nicely but not to tight.

Acting: 8.5
Writing: 8.0
Direction: 8.5
Production: 9.0
Overall: 8.5

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