MOVIE REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The final film in JK Rowling's famous series
The final story in the franchise, it's the continuation from the last film, which is the search for the remaining Horcruxes by Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his two friends (Rupert Grint, Emma Watson). They want to discover the riddle of Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) immortality.It’s probably not a good idea to go see this if you’re not familiar with any of the previous films and books.
Things start off a tad slow, which might make you nervous, with as many slow scenes as there were in the previous installment.Once it kicks into high gear, it’s a fun ride.
The storytelling is solid, and with CGI and 3D effects done splendidly, it makes me wonder if anybody ever says “the book was better” with these films. I’m guessing they don’t.
Since these are basically kids movies, the silly narrative never really bothered me much. It’s all about the spectacle and visually stunning things we see on the screen.Even though it may have started as a kids film, this one is PG-13 and has some dark elements to it. That also makes it a little more fun for those of us over 12.
There’s an early scene that will surely become a ride at Magic Mountain or some amusement park. It leads to an underground vault that’s dazzling, as items they touch multiply.The dragon used to escape is perhaps one of the coolest dragon scenes in movie history.
Ralph Feinnes plays a creepy, evil Voldemort that looks like the love child of Vin Diesel and Michael Jackson. And having a huge snake as your sidekick always adds to the scary quotient.
There were people sitting next to me discussing how this movie would conclude. They obviously read the book years ago, and I’m guessing all the hardcore fans know the conclusion. Not that the whole good vs. evil premise would turn out any other way.
For movie buffs, you get to see a nice collection of British actors – John Hurt, Alan Rickman (is there a better voice in movies?), Helena Bonham Carter (is there better hair in movies?), and Jim Broadbent, to name a few.
I would’ve liked a bit more than just the big showdown and lots of things thrown at me. I would’ve liked a bit of this frantic energy in the last movie, and a few of those slower moments and interaction between the friends in this one. Some of the drama and fight sequences were a bit more subdued than expected, and that was probably a wise move.
As somebody that was underwhelmed by this franchise, I found this to be a fun conclusion.Reports have surfaced that this film is already the biggest seller in Fandango history. It’ll probably break all kinds of records when it’s all said and done.
If you’re looking to save money, you can skip the 3D (the glasses they give you are round like Potter’s).
Oh, and if you thought Brad Pitt looked creepy as an old man/baby in Benjamin Buttons – there’s a scene in this that tops that.