Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One [2010]

Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Ralph Fiennes (Click here for full cast members)
Genre: Fantasy/Thriller
Rating: Teen (horrific images)
Comment: "One of the few franchises that tops its predecessors every time, and Deathly Hallows might just be the best of them all..."

There will be two kinds of reception to this final installment of the global phenomenon; there will be those who relish at the fact that the movie was split into two, while there may be others who laments it. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the series, as sad as I was to read the last page of the novel three years ago, I knew I had the movies to look forward to. Now it is all really coming to an end, but let's save the accolades and tears for the second half of the finale.

Emma Watson has grown into quite a beauty, hasn't she? :P

Taking off roughly where the last movie left off, Harry, Hermione and Ron continues on their quest to seek and destroy the rest of the Horcruxes; the secret to Lord Voldemort's immortality. Their quest forces them to drop out of Hogwarts and live on the run, simultaneously avoiding the Death Eaters while looking for the Horcruxes.

Now, you might complain that since the movie was split into two, that means it will all feel kind of "watered-down". Let me assure you, that is certainly not the case. Splitting the movie into two will better serve you as this allows for a more faithful adaptation, and quite faithful it is. Yes, the movie moves at a slower pace this time around. But that is a good thing, wouldn't you say? Considering that this is the finale, you really don't want to have the entire book crammed into a singular movie because that would do the franchise a gross injustice. Try to reminisce on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [2005] to know what I mean.

What else can I say? It's a Harry Potter movie. Mind that I am not using the term derogatorily, if it's a Harry Potter movie, that means it is all about total escapism. It continues to take you to the extremely volatile world of imagination. Now, starting from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004], the films had progressively took on a darker tone without compromising its trademark humour. Fortunately Deathly Hallows does not disappoint in that department either.

Impressive visuals and special effects is almost a prerequisite for movies with strong fantastical elements such as this, and there's definitely no shortage on those two elements. David Yates truly did the franchise justice, as he had demonstrated again and again since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007].

Can't wait for Part Two!!

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