Thursday, May 31, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first part of the two part finale of the Harry Potter franchise. I will be posting Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows tomorrow but I wrote the review below before watching Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows. Therefore the review is not influenced by the next movie.

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While there are a lot goods things about the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 but there are a few problems with this entry in the series. Although I kind of expected it to be half of a full movie since it is "Part 1" of a two part book. It is kind of like watching half of the four hour long Lord of the Rings Return of the King Extended Edition and having to wait a few months before you get to see the second half. But that is not to say that it a bad movie by any means it is actually my second favorite of the Harry Potter thus far after the Order of the Phoenix. I expect that I will like Part 1 more after watching Part 2. Also I highly recommend watching the previous Harry Potter movie within a month (I watched it the following week) that you watch the Deathly Hallows Part 1, because you might be a little lost in the plot.

Note: I will be referring to the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as "Part 1" during some of the review and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as well.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has some really great parts and some unnecessarily slow parts. As a standalone movie, Part 1 does not really stand up well enough on its own but it does not try to. Also the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is by far the darkest of the Harry Potter franchise. It is in no way a family movie, there some surprisingly violent scenes (not very violent compared many other movies) compared to previous movies in the franchise. The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is not a "Fun" movie like some of the other Harry Potter it is dark, grim, and has a kind of depressing tone, which really works since the heroes are basically at war with Lord Voldemort the Death Eaters. While none of the action is as good as the Order of the Phoenix's epic battle at the end of the movie, there is more action throughout the movie. This is the only Harry Potter movie to not have a slow opening, it started out relatively fast for a Harry Potter movie, however it did drag in the middle. The Harry Potter franchise is not afraid to kill off characters that you thought could not die and the Deathly Hallows is no exception but I will not spoil it for you. While the Deathly Hallows did have some very good memorable scenes but also had some parts that did not fit well with the rest of the film. The pacing of the film is like this without spoiling anything.

Act 1: Started out with conflict that was set up in previous film and had a solid action set piece. Also there was a really cool heist element.
Act 2: Some really good character moments but was a little too dragged out, although it would have sense because this is based on half a book.
Act 3: It had two short action scenes and abruptly ends, which is expected.

As I previously stated in my other reviews, if you do not like the three main characters at this point, what are you doing watching the movie? But it is hard not to like Harry, Ron and Hermione while watching the movies.

Also I would like to thank Shena Tokala at Pens, Thespians, and Words for answering a some questions about the Harry Potter movies and books.

Directed by: David Yates
Genre: Fantasy, Action Adventure,
Release Date: 19 November 2010
Running Time: 146 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13

The Good: Great special, Excellent cinematography, Fantastic performance by Emma Watson, Some good action, All round superb acting,

The Bad: Slow middle Act,

Plot: The following plot summery is copied from
Minister Rufus Scrimgeour addresses the wizarding media stating that the Ministry of Magic will remain strong as Lord Voldemort gains power throughout the wizarding and Muggle worlds. Severus Snape arrives at Malfoy Manor to inform Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters of Harry's departure from No. 4 Privet Drive. Voldemort commandeers Lucius Malfoy's wand, as Voldemort's own wand cannot be used to kill Harry; their wands are "twins".
Meanwhile, the Order of the Phoenix arrive at Privet Drive and escort Harry to safety using Polyjuice Potion to create six decoy Harrys. During their flight to the Burrow, they are ambushed by Death Eaters, who kill Mad-Eye Moody and Hedwig, and injure George Weasley. They arrive at the Burrow, where Harry has a vision of Ollivander being tormented by Voldemort, who claims that the wand-maker had lied to him by informing him of the only way to kill Harry: obtaining another's wand.
Scrimgeour arrives at the Burrow and distributes items from Albus Dumbledore's will to Ron, Hermione and Harry. Ron receives Dumbledore's Deluminator, Hermione, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Harry the first Golden Snitch that he ever caught. Scrimgeour reveals that Harry was willed the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, but explains that the sword was not Dumbledore's to give away and, in any case, is missing. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 8.4/10- The pacing is a little uneven and it feels like half a movie but the characters are very well written.

Action: 7.9/10- While is slightly more action throughout the movie than previous Harry Potter movies, the shaky cam in some scenes did deminish the quality of the action.

Acting: 9.0/10- The acting is the best in series with Emma Watson having the stand out performance of the group. Also Rupert Grint is has far improved from his previous performances and Daniel Radcliffe is consisent as usual. The other suporting cast members were solid.

Special effects: 9.3/10- Two of the CGI characters looked very realisitic and almost made you forget that they were CGI.

Soundtrack: 8.0/10- The soundtrack was solid and complimented the film well.

Comedy: 6.7/10- There really was not much humor but what was there was good.

Would I Watch This Again: I will probably watch the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 back to back to get the full effect of the movie should have.

Overall: 8.6/10- Despite some of the Deathly Hallows Part 1's faults, it is still a another great Harry Potter movie.

Closing comments: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 did precisely what it set out to do, build up hype for the next film and left you wanting more.

Recommended for: Fantasy fans, Action Adventure fans,

If you have not read my reviews for the other Harry Potter movies please click on the links below.
Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone Review
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Review

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  1. Awesome review, glad you enjoyed the movie! :). You're welcome :) .
    I agree, Emma Watson's acting was fantastic in this movie-she's really good as were the rest of the cast. I agree, J.K. Rowling does have a tendency to kill characters off that wouldn't be expected(I definitely got surprised a lot when I was reading the series). Looking forward to seeing the review of Part 2 :D

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