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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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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

  • Dec 24, 2010
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Finally! After weeks of anticipation and quiet thoughtful patience, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. And may I say, I was not disappointed in the least. It was every bit what it marketed itself to be and everything I expected. I expected an epic penultimate film to lead to the last film, and that's certainly what I got. Some may not agree with me but I think this is the best Potter film to date and I can't wait to see how the second part will top it.

The action was great, but the majority of it takes place in the second half, so this film is much more talk-y than the others, and I think that the movie is definitely better for it. They do have action, though, and those scenes were great, like when they infiltrate the ministry and during Malfoy Manor. The action was very well put together, but there aren't really any scares, just some jump-scares (mostly involving Nagini) that startle as opposed to scare.

The cast is top-notch as always, and a ton of new characters are introduced, but the recurring cast give their best performances to date, especially Emma Watson as Hermione. She has a larger role than she did in the sixth film, and she uses that to her full advantage. I would have to say that she was the emotional anchor of the movie. Who knew simply conjuring a wreath for Harry to put on his parents graves could bring about such emotion and heart?

For all the action, this film was by far the most emotionally complex. I never cried at any sad moments in the book, because they were just words, no visual accompaniment. However, during the emotional scenes, it took some restraint to keep from bawling like a baby. But when Dobby's death scene came along, all my restraint went out the window and it was the third movie scene to reduce me to tears. The score also matched the visuals perfectly, kick-starting emotion without sounding too melodramatic.

For those of you who are big fans of the book, you'll be happy to know that the majority of material from the book remains intact. All the wedding scenes are condensed into one, and the conversation with Lupin in Grimmauld Place is removed all together, but pretty much all the rest of the scenes are word-for-word from the book. Some may call that playing it safe, but I call that securing the needs of the fanbase.

They have had six movies to master the special effects, and the effects are definitely at their finest. The sets are also wonderful (definitely at their best also), namely the Ministry and Malfoy Manor. I actually think that this movie could be a genuine contender for best visual effects (although it probably wouldn't have a chance next to the likes of Tron Legacy and Alice in Wonderland). Dobby and Kreacher also looked more realistic and refined than they did in the second and fifth movies respectively. The magic and spells also looked more refined too. Not much else to say, but the best special effects yet.

If you haven't seen this movie and are a fan of the series (whether die hard or casual), go to the cinema and see it now. It's definitely worth it. It promised to be a penultimate epic to one of the greatest franchises of all time, and it is. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to see it just for the action, you'll be sorely disappointed for the majority of the movie because there are only a few action scenes. Also, don't see it unless you've seen the first six movies or read the first six books, because it will make absolutely no sense otherwise. All in all, the best film yet.

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December 30, 2010
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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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