Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Movie Review
If you are a fan of J.K. Rowling’s books then you are aware that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the first half of the final book (Part 2 will be released July 2011). I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter films and felt that they really started to find their footing with Prisoner of Azkaban (Part 3). Though from what I hear, if I had read the book, I would probably have not liked it as much.
David Yates returns for the 3rd time as director and he remains the best director of the franchise. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, & Rupert Grint are back as Harry, Hermione, & Ron. Watching these kids grow up on screen over the past decade is an amazing thing. They have grown as actors and bring us characters that we truly love. Because we have spent so much time with these characters over the years, we feel the pain and heartache that they endure over the course of their journey. We believe the friendship they share on screen and believe that the actors who play them care as much about each other as the characters they play on screen.
In this first part of the final chapter, we start off with Harry and Hermione severing their connections with their muggle families and join up with the Weasley family. Now that Voldemort has control over the Ministry of Magic & Hogwarts, he makes it known that he wants Harry Potter brought to him. Meanwhile, Harry, Hermione and Ron are set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort.
Deathly Hallows Part.1 feels very different from the previous films for many reasons. This is the first time that the trio (Harry, Hermione, Ron) have been truly alone. They do not have the protection of the school or family or friends. They are being hunted while trying to find answers to the questions they have. They spend months traveling, living out of a tent and feeling hopeless much of the time. The film takes and emotional toll on not only the characters but on us as well.
Yates has shot one hell of a beautiful movie. The locations are amazing. Unlike many of the previous films, this chapter has many more real locations, and they are stunning. I would go so far as to say that there has never been a better looking Harry Potter film. For those who questioned the studio’s decision to split the final book into two films, stating is was just for the money and not for creative reasons, it really does not matter. The final film works extremely well so far.
I did have some problems with the running time of the film. We are given quite a few scenes that I just did not feel that needed to be in there. Much of it takes place while the trio is searching for the Horcruxes. I do feel many Potter die-hards will disagree with me though. I would like to see how I would feel about this movie after I see Part 2 this summer.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is great filmmaking. It’s a crying shame that more studios don’t make more quality family films like this anymore. It makes me sad that we are almost at the end.
By: Marc Fermankeepitclassic.com/2010/11/harry-potter-deathly-hallows-part-1-movie-review/