Thursday, 23 December 2010

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Rating: B+

The opening act to the grand finale of the Harry Potter franchise, this penultimate stop gap movie is beautifully filmed with equal parts of terrific horror and horrific boredom.

The most impressive thing about the entire franchise is that they've been able to keep the cast pretty much intact; not an easy feat, considering that this series has taken 10 years to develop. Granted, Richard Harris passed on mid-series, and for some reason, Maggie Smith's diminishing role as Professor McGonagall simply disappeared partway through. But the franchise, somehow, has been able to keep an all-star cast. From Richard Harris' replacement Michael Gambon, to Alan Rickman, to Helena Bonham Carter, to Robbie Coltraine. And let's not forget He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named... Ralph Fiennes.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) were nobodies thrown in to superstardom. It's a little sad that this will likely be the most success the three of them will experience. I'm not knocking their acting abilities, but a 10 year jaunt in a single superblockbuster series is hard to beat! But with the franchise, we've all kind of grown up along side with them and personally, I think it's nice that they've been able to do so without getting too big for their britches.

The movie started with a bang and ended leaving you to wonder, which is exactly how this two part finale was meant to be played. But it is beyond me why they had to spend SO much time showing that they were doing absolutely nothing in the middle of a movie that lasts 150 minutes. You'd THINK they'd be able to take some 30 minutes out of the pointless doing nothing lull in the middle.

Aside from that, the entire franchise has been a joy to watch. The Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has generated $787+ million dollars to date. Not very many people are going to watch the 7th installment without first watching the first 6. It's been over 10 years since the first Harry Potter movie came out; the loyal following of this franchise is simply unbelieveable. Definitely a movie to see, and it will definitely leave you waiting for the final installment.



  1. The wandering part in the middle of the movie was definitely an anti-climatic phase of the movie. While I agree it would not matter much to the overall development of the plot by warping between so many locations, 2 would be good enough in my opinion, those relatively quiet scenes were necessary for showcase their "real" acting.

    They showed us how they can express worry, love, care, frustration through those few scenes just among the three of them (and plenty of stunning sceneries of course).

    Emma Watson was the least exciting in terms of her acting in this pt 1 installment but remains as charming and elegant as always! XD ...

  2. @Jason... thx for the comment! I agree that some of the scenes were necessary, but I'm certain they could have come up with the same result chopping up those scenes a bit better =)~



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