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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The second part of the two-part finale to the Harry Potter franchise released in 2011.

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An epic finale that will satisfy anyone and that will make us proud of the Harry Potter times.

  • Jul 19, 2011
Rating:
+3

The final chapter to this fantasy phenomena served justice to both fans of the series and simple moviegoers. I see a pattern lately with Return of the King, Toy Story 3, Deathly Hallows Part 2 and probably The Dark Knight Rises where the last movies in the franchise might also become the best in the franchise. It's definitely an era where you have people putting a lot of effort into delivering that perfect ending to a story. The Harry Potter movies were always a hit or a miss. There's nothing constant and consistent about this franchise. A lot of directors changed, a lot of approaches so it's normal that they failed at one point to provide what fans expected. However, the last 3 movies were pretty good and this last installment clearly challenges "Prisoner of Azkaban" for the Best Harry Potter Movie title.

They really did a good thing by serving the finale into 2 movies. While I felt deceived at first now I can be clearly happy that they did that because they used all that space on screen to provide the necessary details, the necessary plot keys and the necessary deeper looks into these characters in order to create and offer the proper emotional and atmospheric ending without it feeling forced or rushed up. They did quite a good job delivering all these elements and connect them beautifully even though I had some issues. Mainly, what bothered me the most in Deathly Hallows 2 was the pacing. The film starts quickly, it feels exciting, it feels like it wanna pump your adrenaline up and it builds all the momentum for the final confrontation between Harry Potter and Voldemort. The problem is, right at the peak of this build up, it kinda grabs you and then lets you fall in some dull place. From there on, the movies feels like it uses too obvious methods to prepare you for the final setup. And it keeps pushing you and pushing you until the moment and when the moment arrives it kinda passes you by and then the movie ends. Now, at the same time, you realize that everything you saw was done properly, that there was no really bad writing, that there were barely any mistakes and that the finale was very emotional if you were connected with these characters for all these years. So... how could you feel that the build up for the last duel was not handled properly but at the same time understand that it couldn't have been another way? Probably there's something with the pacing... probably not. Probably it's just the mood I was in at that time. Probably I'm just confused. I'm confused because I know I saw something that I thought I didn't like but I can't find it. You know... that feeling that you know something bad is going to happen but you don't know quite when or how. This is the same thing. That's why this is a very hard movie to review. Because the narrative content and the story structure contains all the epic elements a closing story for this series must have. It's a real mature and dark film. It offers an ending without shining lights, without bright and boring moments of happiness, without tears of joy and so on. It feels like an ending dedicated to all Harry Potter's friends which are us: the fans, the ones that grew up on these films and invested time and feelings into this little wizard's journey.

The acting was great, Alan Rickman as Severus Snape really committing himself to this role that required so much emotion and so many changes of heart that must be represented by just a grim or a simple stare. This guy did a terrific work on all Harry Potter films and in this last movie he looked like a hurt man trying to redeem his actions but at the same time acknowledging both the evil and good in him and being wise enough to act properly in the last moments of his life. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) will all be missed and we thank them for their effort and their dedication to this franchise. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort was perfect though he should have looked I think even more menacing than he did and he should have stopped screaming all the time. Jesus man... get a napkin. Clearly everyone involved in the franchise did a good job and this last product made them justice.

The cinematography and editing were amazing, the visual and special effects were on par with the best in the genre but the main technical attraction for me was the soundtrack composed by the very talented Alexandre Desplat. I think he's one of the best composers at the moment and this particular work was so immersive and surreal. It was a fantastic musical ride that matched perfectly each scene of the film. It's a honest work that only a man who understood the layers of depth the story had and the emotional complications these characters went through, only a man like that could have scored this so perfectly.

In the end I must say I pretty much wrote my review without giving too much away without a few spoilery details. I feel I needed to touch different areas with my analysis on this movie because it really felt strange for me to review it because like I said, I'm certain something was not handled quite right though I cannot specify what that single thing is. With all my confusion and probably pathetic waste of "energy" I will say that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (damn this is a lond ass name) served the franchise justice focusing more on the psychological layers of the story than on the simple and cliched moments of "good vs. evil" every hero's journey has. It's a finale that will satisfy anyone and that will make any of us remember proudly of our childhood.

Storyline/Dialogue: 9/10.
Acting: 8/10.
Technical Execution: 9,3/10.
Replay Value: 8,5/10.
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Overall: 8.7

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February 13, 2012
Excellent review on a wildly popular topic !
 
July 20, 2011
excellent review! I am with you with the cinematography and editing. Yates did a great job. I feel that this series has become sort of a tradition and I will somehow miss Potter. Thanks for this!
 
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 epic fantasy film directed by David Yates and the second of two films based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The supporting cast features Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith.

Principal photography began on 19 February 2009 and was completed on 12 June 2010, with the final day of reshoots taking place on 21 December 2010 marking the series' closure of ten years of filming. Part 2 was released in both 2D and 3D cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2011. It was also screened in IMAX cinemas from the same date.

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Director: David Yates
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: July 15, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Steve Kloves
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: Heyday Films, Warner Bros. Pictures
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