English filmmaker David Yates returned for his third movie in the Harry Potter series with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the first of two installments that completes the story that took the world by storm for well over a decade.
The series’ child stars are now mature, and the themes and internal conflicts have also subsequently grown more mature, including complicated dynamics between the leads. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have all grown substantially, and this shows in this start to the series’ finale. Helena Bonham Carter also puts on a spectacular show as Belletrix Lestrange.
The conflict and tension at the very onset of the film is profound. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is taking over and the powers meant to stop him — the Ministry of Magic — are corrupt themselves. Harry Potter, a hero for so long, is wanted. He and his companions are on the run throughout a bleak landscape, fraught with grave troubles and conflicts between themselves. Their allies are scattered. The responsibility of finding the remainder of the horcruxes, in order to ultimately defeat the Dark Lord, is on them.
The emotions are turbulent and for viewers who have followed these characters for years, they might find themselves shedding a tear or two by the end of the movie. The deaths happen very rapidfire. Considering that the target audience has probably also matured alongside the main characters, the heightened level of conflict and devastation seems a natural development.
The action is sometimes a little awkward, since the films have largely been a fantasy school children story, but that awkwardness isn’t so distracting in the end. The events are thrilling, as this film builds up to the ultimate series finale in part 2. It’s hard to not get excited, even if you’re only a mild fan of Harry Potter. If you happened to be in love with Hogwarts as a setting itself, sadly the school is left behind in this movie as the characters roam about the world to complete their mission. The magical whimsy is also sorely missed, making it seem as if something is lacking. There’s no classes, no quidditch.
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There is a lot of dialogue and explanation, which makes the film seem clunky and may disengage some viewers, especially if they aren’t into all the canon and buzzwords of the series. Also, the darkest scenes might be a frightening for very young viewers, as they do often involve torture. It’s also somewhat unsettling to see the long-time friends suffer and mature so much.
Just like the previous films in the series, the visuals are gorgeous, even if they are more bleak. The magic is fun — especially Hermione’s little bag of gear — and skillfully the director has mixed in some much needed humor and wit throughout. There’s a great scene where the epic trio must break into the Ministry of Magic, dressing up like employees in order to accomplish this and using the bathrooms as a route of travel. These scenes are much appreciated in a movie that also presents its fair share of trauma. There’s also a surprisingly sexual scene — at least, compared to the more childish nature of the previous films — between two of the characters.
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This is Part 1 of 2, so it’s appropriate that the film ends in a cliffhanger — an amazing scene involving Lord
Voldemort and a visually stunning feat. The stellar cast, full of many big names and brilliant actors, as well as the matured younger actors, makes this movie along with the visuals and dramatic roll of the tension. This movie builds in such a way to make you want to watch the second part of the finale immediately, to see what happens. In that way, this movie can be considered a great success.
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