Review: ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2′

Monday, July 11 by
 

God bless the kids who can follow this whole story. The books have several thousand pages more mythology than Lord of the Rings, and the movies have 6-7 hours more than even the extended cuts. The final Harry Potter movie had more action so I liked it. The real fans will love it.

Still looking for the final horcruxes, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) return to Hogwarts. The school defends itself against the final attack of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) while Harry searches for the last piece of his backstory that will reveal how to finally kill his nemesis.

Second 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' Trailer

The siege of Hogwarts gives Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II real momentum. The forces of evil wizards keep progressing closer as the students fortify themselves. This film’s flying broom chase is more thrilling than any game of Quidditch before. There’s some stellar dragon action too, and it’s hardcore. He fries some goblins.

The character moments are effective too. Snape’s (Alan Rickman) final action, Professor McGonagall’s (Maggie Smith) defense of the students, Harry’s final face-off against Draco (Tom Felton) all have serious dramatic weight. The kisses feel genuinely romantic, although a few supporting characters who I didn’t know get killed. That will upset the true fans more than me.

2 photosNew 'Harry Potter' Stills Feature Impressive Chair Fort

I still zone out when Dumbledore’s brother (Ciaran Hinds) starts explaining but that’s minimal in the finale. It’s almost a good thing to have a lousy Deathly Hallows Part I to get all the explaining out of the way, and leave all the good parts for kick-ass Part II.

The visual effects seem to be at their peak. Maybe the 3D hides the seams, but the stone guards, the light blasts attacking the Hogwarts shield and the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw (Kelly Macdonald) all look fully ingrained in the scene and believable.

The epilogue totally works. It’s heartwarming, and the age makeup is so minimal it looks more like kids pretending, which fits the denouement of the child wizard franchise. I can’t wait to have kids and show them all eight movies. They’ll ask me questions and I’ll be like, “I don’t know, you’re watching the same movie as me.” I’ll show them Labyrinth and Neverending Story first, but then the eight Harry Potters.

 

COMMENTS

  1. July 11, 2011 7:37 pm

    Angelshe

    UGH. I hate freakin sappy reviews.


  2. July 11, 2011 7:37 pm

    Jesse Lunsford

    Errrm, or you could let them read the books and learn the answers for themselves. Just a thought. 


  3. July 11, 2011 7:37 pm

    Brian Grove

    Real fans don’t like the ending (I’m not talking about the epilogue, but the totally different finl battle between Harry and Voldemort, because it misses just about every single important point JKR made in that final confrontation.  It was cartoony – action instead of plot and content.  Total rubbish.  My God1  They were even alone so nobody else could even be sure that Voldie was really dead this time!


  4. July 11, 2011 7:37 pm

    Ttoy

    This should be a good movie and good article


  5. July 11, 2011 7:37 pm

    Joey

    I would have to say my favorite
    scene was the final battle; it was epic! I was so happy to see the last movie,
    but it brings a bit of sadness as well, since no more will be made. My kids
    said they loved this movie, and I thought this was the best movie that I have
    seen this year. They did an excellent job on the last movie of Harry Potter.
    For now, until it comes out on DVD, I will just catch up on all of the other
    movies. As a
    customer and employee of DISH, I know that right now, there is a promotion
    where you can get 3 free months of Blockbuster when you sign up for DISH
    Network!  Here is all the
    information. I can’t wait to see this movie again!