Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Robbie Coltrane, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Warwick Davies, Tome Felton, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Waters, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright.

Synopsis: In order to finally defeat Lord Voldermort, Harry Potter must find and destroy every part of the dark lord’s split soul.

Review

I must admit that I have never been too impressed with the Harry Potter film series. As a devoted fan of the books, i always came out of every film feeling that the movie did not match up to what i imagined the characters looked, acted and sounded like in the books.

However I am pleased to report that this latest installment has turned the tables on the above perception of Harry Potter movies for me. The film opens with the three main characters in the midst of difficult decisions, a sign that they are no longer at Hogwarts anymore. As they embark on their journey to find the missing Horcruxes, the overall tone of the film gets progressively darker and i was surprised at how vividly the director, David Yates, had brought to life important plot points here, actually making them scarier or  harder hitting than what one could have imagined whilst reading the book (and yes, some of the scenes are rather moving so prepare to shed a tear or two). As Urban Fantasist noted, this is not a film to take your children to see. There is violence, torture and the overall tone of the film itself is very dark, with scary imagery throughout.

All the actors are at the top of their game here, and the ones I considered to be wooden (I’m looking at you Bonnie Wright) have been fortunately relegated to bit roles, so there is nothing really to criticize in terms of acting ability.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a well acted, action packed thriller which actually left me wanting, like film nerd, impatient to see more.

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