I Saw A Film Today… Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

For the moment, the Harry Potter saga has reached it’s final chapter. Subsequently, another chapter of my childhood has sadly come to a close as well. To say that the Potter books and the films have played an important part in my life is an understatement. And it obviously has meant a lot to others, which is evident by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 record-breaking opening weekend. So did Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint bring everything to a proper close?

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Picking right up where the last film ends, Harry, Hermione, and Ron are continuing their search for horcruxes. This search eventually leads them deep into the depths of Gringott’s bank. After successfully obtaining said object, they realize that one of the few remaining horcruxes is at their old alma mater, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

This is the setting for most of the film. In this epic story that has spanned the lifetime of Harry Potter, everything comes to its explosive end on the grounds of Hogwarts. Students, professors, and friends face off against Voldemort’s army of Death Eaters and Dementors.

I don’t believe this adaptation of the final book could have gone any better. The director, David Yates, put much care and intensity into this film and left out as little as possible. And the cinematography is nothing short of beautiful.

Not to say that it is perfect. At a little over two hours long, there was some trimming that could have been done. At times the pace is pitch perfect but at others is seems to drag on for a bit longer than necessary.

The cast of young actors, who we have seen grow on the big screen, are fantastic in this final installment. This film really is a testament to the progress they have made towards acting in recent years. But the supporting cast somewhat overshadows their performances. It’s understandable with such names as Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, and a brief appearance from Michael Gambon. Everyone really brings their best.

The Harry Potter films have been, for the most part, faithful to the books. Do they outshine the books? No. When it’s you and the book, you are the architect of the story. You construct what Hogwarts looks like and how the characters look like. That is something that the films cannot replicate. But these films are better than most adaptations of books.

Mischief managed.

Verdict: SEE IT!

And on the note of “3-D technology”, if you have ever seen one you know that the film is dimmer than the 2-D version of the film. This film is dark and gloomy, as it should be. The problem with this is that if you take an already dark film and make it darker, do you really want to see it then? Take my advice and see it in 2-D.

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