Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, David Thewlis and Robbie Coltrane.
Australian Release Date: July 13th 2011
Australian Rating: M
The final chapter in the Harry Potter series follows Harry, Ron and Hermione as they continue their task of finding and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. It also reveals the mysteries of the Deathly Hallows and why they are so integral to defeating the Dark Lord once and for all.
As sad as it was to see these movies finish, it brought a happy sense of completion. Over the years we have seen the characters (and actors) grow, and as a result, the acting in this movie can be seen to have come a long way from when the younger ones first graced our screens. Though some of the older actors were always brilliant from the beginning (Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith are easily two of my favourites). And, I must say, seeing the favourite secondary characters come into their own in the final battle is very exciting. While they don’t get as much screen time as is given to them in the book, it is understandable that this would happen considering the time restraints in making a film.
One thing I don’t entirely understand is when they omit something due to time/resource limitations, but then add extra content that didn’t happen, or omit something when it wouldn’t take any extra time to say a line referring to something. I’m not too sure if that sentence was easy to follow. For example, in the final battle, certain parts are left out and it becomes a kind of montage of key moments with each person’s fight, however, the Harry v Voldemort fight lasts longer than it was really meant to, to the point of being reminiscent of a Dragon Ball Z fight screen. Yes movie goers prefer more action in their movies, but there are some of us who prefer the balance of action and story to be a little more on the story side, if only through quick comments or visuals.
On saying that, the battles were indeed spectacular. They made the movie continuously exciting, the whole way through, and most of the important aspects of the movie are present. The graphics are brilliant, and for those who didn’t already know due to reading the books, you get to finally know for sure which side Snape is and has been on the whole time, and more importantly, why.
Overall it was a well put together movie all round and my only real issue with it was the omission of a major explanatory factor at the end involving the deathly hallows. This movie seemed to focus more on action than story than the previous ones, but it did make for an enjoyable film.