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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The first part of the two-part finale to the Harry Potter franchise released in 2010.

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  • Nov 21, 2010
Admittedly, I haven’t been the biggest fan of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise (though I still saw each and every film after “The Sorcerer’s Stone” on dvd); I thought they were decent movies but I just wasn’t its intended audience. Well, the last two sequels caught my attention since they became much darker and more exciting, so I decided to see the first half of the final chapter of J.K. Rowling’s magical fantasy series called “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows“ in theaters. It feels as if it was almost a shame that it took this long for the stories to reach a level of maturity that I could appreciate. I haven’t read the book in the series so I guess I am at a slight disadvantage since my friends have told me that this film was quite faithful to its source material. But hey, I know film and I can always judge the way a movie is made.

The film takes off after the events of the last film. Dumbledore is dead, Hogwarts itself is reeling and Lord Valdemort (Ralph Fiennes) has grown in mystic power. Valdemort has extended his reach of power to the Ministry of Magic and has sent out his Dark Eater horde to eliminate all Muggles. Now Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has to abandon everything he holds dear and to try and seek out the pieces of Valdemort’s soul called “Horcruxes”. Harry and his friends, Hermione (Emma Stone) and Ron (Rupert Grint) must go on a journey that can either give them the means to end Valdemort’s reign or cost them their lives; armed with Dumbledore’s parting gifts and their training in wizardry, they must fight Valdemort’s evil forces and avoid temptation from the “Horcruxes” itself….

                    Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

                   Rupert Grint in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1:

                  Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'

Seems like “Deathly Hallows” is a cinematic event that is intended to give as much detail as possible to develop its storyline as it has been divided into 2 movies that clocks in at about 5 hours. The previous installments were chopped down as to keep the story tight and quick, as it also never disconnected folks who’ve never read the books. Yes, there were times when the previous script felt choppy, but they were easy to follow. This time around, “Deathly Hallows” is more detailed and quite long in two parts; this is the problem when one remains faithful to any book, it may alienate and disorient those who haven’t read the entire book series.

Not to say that despite some disconnection on my part that I thought “Deathly Hallows” wasn’t an effective motion picture but it was a chore to put things together at times and it does feel rather slow at some parts of the film. Still, director David Yates and script writer Steve Kloves take our protagonists on a wild quest that allows them to grow outside Hogwarts and away from their comfort zone. You feel that Harry and his friends are grieving the loss of Dumbledore; what’s more, they almost seem lost without his guidance, and the wilderness where they trek is brought into lovely exposition due to its wonderful cinematography. Gone are the light-hearted mood and fantasy-storytelling that was established in the first 4 movies; this time around the mood appears real, and our characters are made to experience the real world. This world is much darker and feels much bleaker with higher stakes; and Yates did the right atmosphere and surface as our heroes mature and become adults…and adults are made to experience a potentially more violent world filled with jealousy, betrayal, sexual tension and casualty.

                   Robbie Coltrane and Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

                  Bonnie Wright and Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

                 Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Andy Linden with house elves Kreacher and Dobby in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

“Deathly Hallows” departs from the family-friendly mood and earns its PG-13 rating. There are quite a good number of scenes that depict battles of wizardry, there are assassins, high-flying ‘broom fights’ and other chase sequences that generate tension in its storyline. But Yates and company don’t just give the viewer a film of adventure-fantasy, he allows room for reflection. Harry and his friends are given more opportunity to bond and to realize the stakes, they mull over their future and they show the proper emotion. Despite some disconnection on my part (because of not reading the book), I appreciated the slower pace the film took on and the way it built its momentum to an upcoming war. One who has seen all the films of the franchise would appreciate the groundwork that was laid out in its previous installments, it was nice to see Harry and company just go out, cast a spell and realize their destinies. Yes, the film is slower than usual, but I liked the way it built on characterization; Yates also brought forth a balance of humor (I thought the comedic touches in the opening act and how they infiltrated the Ministry of Magic) and the return of several characters of the franchise such as Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), the talkative elf from “Chamber of Secrets“ and some others. The film is filled with wizards, ghouls and creatures that it keeps moving so no one sticks around too long unfortunately.

                   Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

                  Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1"

Thankfully, “Deathly Hallows: Part One” doesn’t feel too much of a cliffhanger but it takes a slight pause and the next chapter is due in theaters mid-next year. This is a film franchise whose stories matures along with its characters as well as its audiences, it does build well on its “first chapter” execution (albeit a bit loose) and I felt interested in seeing the next chapter. Yates does seem to be the right man for the job, as he goes into possibly the most intricate and character-driven film of the franchise. He goes in and out while keeping the main storyline from previous movies intact as well work with the groundwork already established; but as good as this first part is, it still remains to be seen how it all comes together in 2011. For now, “Deathly Hallows” does make the franchise come alive and makes me optimistic for the finale.

Highly Recommended! [4- Out of 5 Stars]

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November 23, 2010
Awesome review, Woo! Meh about spoilers on a movie based on a book :P This looks good!
November 23, 2010
Thanks, Debbie! I appreciate the read! (took off the warning) I try to do my best to keep up with these movies..but with the holidays coming, it'll be tough.

well, Scotman, I think most reviews that really go in-depth have minor spoilers--it is just the way it is, you can't help it--what's bad is an in-depth summary that gives spoilers. I don't think this review needs a strong warning (I think that is what Debbie's trying to say and/or readers of the book know what is up!), because quite frankly, if you've seen some other reviews, the spoilers are much stronger in them than in this review. I'm surprised you didn't say anything when another review gave away the destruction of a certain locket (a strong significant scene) and I'm the one you told that I should warn about mild spoilers. :P

Personally, minor spoilers are necessary to prove your point (not that I think there were significant spoillers in my review), otherwise, you sound like you're a critic basing your criticism on nothing and what's the point of reviewing if you don't prove your points? If one cannot back up one's claims about a film then that's when you get a lot of questions....thanks anyhoo for the read.

So what's the topic for discussion?
November 22, 2010
I haven't seen the previous movies either. I tend to lose interest when there's too much hype about something (movies or otherwise). You know, when every other TV commercial is for a particular movie, add to that Internet advertising and all I want it to do is go away. This seems interesting though, maybe because the characters are older. I used to make fun of the first Harry Potter movie because the title was so similar to something in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise. (I want to say a video game but can't quite remember.) I think one day I'll start renting these. Great review as always. :)
November 23, 2010
Hey, that is a good comment about the 1st movie's similarities to the Full Metal Alchemist series. I was never a huge fan of this franchise, but I have to admit, I kinda liked this final chapter--just liked didn't love. But it was a nicely made movie IMHO. Just give it a rental when you feel the urge. Thanks, Stephanie! Hey, your profile Pic, is that from the original YU-GI-OH?
November 23, 2010
Yeah. That's Dark Magician Girl. It's kinda funny really, when I was looking for a new pic...well, there are quite a few of her wearing next to nothing, lol. The original series is the only one I really like. :)
November 22, 2010
Great review -- but I still don't think it's one I would really get into; maybe if I had seen all the others it would interest me more, but you do make it sound interesting.'s a maybe rental!!
November 22, 2010
Thanks! This was good, but I have to say, you'll have to see the previous movies just so you can get into this--that could be quite a chore.
November 22, 2010
I'm sure!! I don't think it's a chore I am willing to tackle right now LOL but I did love your take on it. Thanks Woo
November 22, 2010
It's just sad that you have to go through one good movie (parts 2-4 were mediocre, 5 was ok, 6 was good) to get to the final chapter. I dunno, maybe I just wasn't its intended audience.
November 22, 2010
Me either!! But I am amazed at how the writer got so famous all at once when she wrote the first book - no one knew how popular it was going to be! If you say parts 2-4 were mediocre, then I won't bother watching any of them!! Thanks again Woo!!
November 23, 2010
Yes parts 2-4 were mediocre IMHO, but you need to see them so you'll understand the rest of the series. It is all one huge storyline that builds up to the climax, kinda like LOTR, can't see one without the other....Hey, you never know, a lot of people thought that the entire series was brilliant.
November 23, 2010
I doubt it LOL I'm just not a huge fan of flying brooms, wizards, and all that fantasy stuff so if it's just mediocre to you, it would be horrible for me LOL!!
November 23, 2010
well....I like magic, fantasy and all the other stuff. So if you're not enticed by those, then chances are you won't like the movies at all. LOL!
November 24, 2010
It's strange -- I love fantasy figures: angels, wizards, elves, and magic, witches, etc. but don't like movies about them -- I am one huge contradiction!! LOL
November 25, 2010
well, I do understand H-wood does beautify the premise of witches and wizards. Oh, you know woopaks are supernatural beings--no wonder we get along LOL!
November 26, 2010
Ah Ha!! That explains it!! LOL
November 22, 2010
Excellent review WP, I have liked all the movies I guess but the only reason I feel the need to see them now is because my girl Helena Bonham Carter is in them.
November 22, 2010
Thanks, Alex! I didn't know you have a thing with Helena.
November 23, 2010
I am going to see THE ROCK'S new movie tomorrow!!
November 21, 2010
I was a little let down by how many deviations there were from the book and some of the added material didn't quite fit (the dance scene between Harry and Hermione and Ron's vision of Harry and Hermione having sex are good examples of what should have been cut). I think that the next one may need tighter editing.
November 21, 2010
I like it when the director brings something to the story too, but here it felt misguided and a little out of place with the established Harry Potter world. As for the scene where Ron has the vision, in the book Harry and Hermione only make out and they weren't naked.
November 21, 2010
Um, as much as I am not a big fan of this franchise, some things do need to be more expressed visually, we can't really expect this to be really faithful from certain points but as for that nakedness, I would say that it was an expression of maturity. After all, it was his biggest fear--and his curiousity towards sex maybe taking hold. I liked that part, and if it was an addition, I liked it since it expanded from the book... then again, I have no intention of reading the books. Review?
November 22, 2010
If Rowling didn't include the vision of sex, it is probably because of the intended audience (as I've said, I am not a fan of this franchise and this was never my thing). Let's be honest, what teenager never fantasized about sex? So that was a good expansion of that scene.
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  • Opens Friday, November 19, 2010 | Runtime:2 hr. 27 min.
  • PG-13
    For some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images
  • Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman
  • Director: David Yates
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Poster art for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: An IMAX 3D Experience"
  •  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is a brooding, slower-paced film than its predecessors, the result of being just one half of the final story (the last book in the series was split into two movies, released in theaters eight months apart). Because the penultimate film is all buildup before the final showdown between the teen wizard and the evil Voldemort (which does not occur until The Deathly Hallows, Part II),Part I is a road-trip movie, a heist film, a lot of exposition, and more weight on its three young leads, who up until now were sufficiently supported by a revolving door of British thesps throughout the series. Now that all the action takes place outside ...
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