The Harry Potter franchise adds another gem
December 6, 2010 Leave a comment
The seventh movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) brings its ‘A game’. In this one, Harry and the gang prepare for their final battle with Voldemort, who’s built up his army of followers again, and is making his final moves to kill Harry.
Throughout the movie, we see minimal adult involvement in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures. The first step in cutting ties with grown ups is at the beginning where we see Hermione and Harry breaking off ties to their families. For Hermione it’s a bit harder than for Harry who never got along with his Aunt, Uncle and cousin. Next, they’re transported by the witches and wizards we’ve come to know over the last while, and they’re housed in Ron’s parents house for a bit. After that, the three of them are fending for themselves.
The acting by the adults was always good, but I think in this one we truly see an improvement from the three main characters. Before it seemed as if they were overacting at some points, but perhaps with more experience and just growing up, they’ve let themselves become the characters more and it showed.
When it comes to the length of the movie, about 2h 20min, I was happy they decided to break it up into two. I know it was probably a money making ploy, but it also means the story in the book can be told without sacrificing too much detail, as we’ve seen many times with book to movie adaptations. I’ve always appreciated how much these films have stuck with the books, so I wouldn’t expect them to butcher this one to fit it in to a regular movie.
Overall I was really impressed with the first part in the final chapter of Harry’s saga. I give it a 4.5/5. If you you’ve seen the movie, how does my review compare to your opinion?