Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Eight films into the series, what else can be said about these films? I…uh…like the cool magic effects? Honestly, it is difficult talking about the eighth film in a series without getting too repetitive, but I shall try my best.
Harry Potter 7.2 is the final chapter, where most questions are answered and we see the final battle between Harry and “He Who Shall Not Be Named”, even though Voldemort is a badass name compared to Tom Riddle. The bulk of the action takes place at Hogwarts, now less of a school and more of a bunker. The mainstays, and even some of the less frequent flyers, are hunkered down in the school waiting for the battle between themselves and the forces of evil. Harry, Hermione, and Ron continue finding Horcruxes in a last ditch effort to stop Tommy Boy from taking over the world.
Without having read beyond the first book, I knew this could only end one way. One way. That’s it. Knowing how the film, series, everything, wraps up was not enough to detract from my enjoyment. Watching the journey and appreciating the action that takes the audience toward the finish line makes everything worthwhile.
There are points at which the film gets exposition heavy, in order to supplement the action and story. The story is a lengthy one and there are plot devices that require explanation, though they do at times go a bit overboard. I would argue that the first volume of part 7 is more guilty of this than volume the second, but the at times over wrought explanations are there.
The effects are amazing, as they tend to be in the Potter films. There is a sequence with a giant dragon that is a true spectacle to behold. The wizard and witch battle scenes are equally amazing as spells are cast left and right. While each Potter film employs a great deal of CGI effects, this one shows the best use of the technology to date.
From part one to present day the young actors portraying the mainstays have grown immensely as actors and have even learned to hold their own opposite veteran actors like Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, and Maggie Smith. Due to the dark nature of this final sequel, emotions run high and there is not a single false performance in the bunch.
Whether you are a fan of the books or not, good movies are good movies, and the series has been solid all the way through. If you watched the first few and said this isn’t for me, get back on the hippogryph and check out the others.
This final installment was the perfect way to end the series and say farewell to a cast of characters that have grown to be so beloved. I, for one, will miss the anticipation and release of new Potter films, but I’m glad I was fortunate enough to be alive when these films were made.
Posted on July 26, 2011, in Film Review and tagged Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Michael Gambon, Rupert Grint. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.