Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The first part movie of the Harry Potter and the deathly hallows exceeded my expectations and raised my expectation for the final movie a bit. Being a Potter fan, I decided to give it a shot on the opening show. Yes, I got to watch the movie by Thursday evening itself 🙂 Theater atmosphere is nothing short of festive minus 15 feet Harry Potter standing with garland around his neck 😛 😛 For the first time I have seen lot of foreigners in the theater.
Now to the movie:
Earlier part ended with Harry, Ron and Hermione escaping with the help of Dobby and Lord Voldemort possessing the elder wand from Dumbledore’s tomb. The story continues from there with all the three goes on their mission of finding Horcruxes. Lord Voldemort with the collective strength of all his dark forces tries to find Harry Potter and kill him. As Harry, Ron and Hermione enters Hogwarts to find the remaining Horcruxes, Voldemort too reaches there summoning Harry which will result in no-harm to anybody else. But the Hogwarts professors helps Harry in search of Horcruxes stopping the Dark forces for some time. When Harry hears the truth through Snape’s memory its shocking and shattering not only to him and us also. Harry confronts Voldemort only to be…. Well enough of story.
What I liked:
- As with the case of first part, this time too the filmmakers largely stuck to the book avoiding the curses of the fans of the book 🙂 And they have done very well by not dwelling into the past of Dumbledore which would have slowed down the movie very much.
- The casting is so perfect with all the lead characters giving consistent performances. For once Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort looked frightening. Alan Rickman as Snape for the first time in the movie series has given a weak performance. It maybe because of the kind of fast cut sequences he has involved.
- Each of the beloved characters of the book were given enough screen time, brought cheers from the crowd.
- First half of the movie was swiftly paced with no time to get breath. Very well written and brought on the screen.
- The visuals are anything but stunning. Usually Harry Potter movies are always a winner in technical terms and this time its no different. I loved the sequences where the protective charm was laid all over the Hogwarts castle and Snape’s disappearance while dueling with Minerva Mcgonagall.
- I liked the 3D effect of the movie but still would have liked to see in 2D.
- Another surprising thing is there at the end, which I never thought will be filmed. I loved it. Don’t want to reveal it here for first few weeks. Enjoy 🙂
What I didn’t like:
- First and foremost, the ineffectiveness with which Snape’s episode pictured. While reading book we will be moved by the bravery of the man but in movie it just passes us without affecting us. I may be partial but surely it didn’t had half the impact of the book. Considering it is the most important part of the book, it should have got same treatment of Dobby’s episode and ‘Tale of three brothers’ episode in first half.
- While the first half is well built with fast paced action, the climatic battle between Harry and Voldemort is not worth remembering. It could have pictured in a grand way.
- The battle of Hogwarts could have been paced better with the visual freedom they have.
I liked the movie as it tried to stay true to the book and managed to bring in all the important characters of the book. Hagrid, Neville, Snape, and Mcgonagall all got cheered from the crowd. But the biggest cheer was reserved for Hogwarts castle. People loved to see it after a movie 🙂 David Yates who brought the series down with those dumb adaptations of 5th and 6th book, redeemed himself with almost perfect ending. Take a bow!!!
Its quite sad that there won’t be anything I could expect more from Potter series, I just wish JKR writes something more about Voldemort’s schooling life and the fight between dark forces and order of the phoenix before the birth of Harry.
PS: Going to catch the movie again in biggest screen in Chennai. All excited again guys 🙂