Saturday, July 16, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Directed by: David Yates
Written by: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are back for this final installment of the HARRY POTTER franchise, in which Harry finally has one last showdown with his long-time nemesis, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

I can't believe that Harry Potter is finally over. I am not afraid to say this either, but I am extremely happy that it is over. I was a huge fan of the books growing up but never thought the movies did the books justice. But in this case not only did The Deathly Hallows: Part II do the book justice but it is probably one of the best movies that have been out so far this year

The film picked up exactly where Part I ended with Harry mourning the death of Dobby the Elf. Unlike Part I, which I was not a fan of, since it was so horribly paced, Part II was the extreme opposite of Part I in pacing. When Harry was done mourning Dobby, we were right in the hunt for all of Horcruxes and within the first 30 minutes we were at Hogwarts getting ready for battle.

For a Harry Potter film, this was a very gritty film, especially the battle scenes. David Yates did a great job at expressing that this was the final battle and that everything was riding on its outcome. I think the tone of this film was why I enjoyed the movie so much. This direction makes sense as the generation that started with Harry Potter has grown up with Harry Potter. The die-hard fans are not little kids, we are 18-25. We are looking for this intense, dark movie now, not a kids movie.

All of the actors have really grown up as well. Obviously it has been noted that Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint can all act. But one side character that really rose to the occasion in this film was Matthew Lewis. Who? Matthew Lewis played Neville Longbottom for all 8 Harry Potter movies. The crowd erupted into cheers the most times for Neville in this film.

Whether of not you did or did not like the past Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows: Part II was a worthy ending to the Harry Potter franchise. It will now be interesting to see what these actors do now that they are forever type casted into their Harry Potter roles.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Extra Tidbit: I read an article that said J.K. Rowling wanted to write more about Harry Potter or the Harry Potter world. Let's all hope that she doesn't bring back Voldemort or add another threat for Harry to fight now that he is 35 Years Old. (Which was hilarious to see at the end of the movie) If she plans on doing this, I hope that she stays in this fantasy world but with a completely new set of characters during a different time period.

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