Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – the epic conclusion to the greatest, most profitable franchise in movie history! Thousands of Potter maniacs flocked from across the globe, to attend the world premiere of the movie on Thursday, a week ago. They camped overnight to say goodbye to “The Boy Who Lived” and to see the film’s luminaries strut around and about on the glittering, red carpet which extended from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square (that has to be a new record in itself). With so much looming on Harry’s farewell treat, I was left wondering is this really a movie premiere or some kind of royal wedding post-bash?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 follows nicely from Part 1. Harry, Ron and Hermione must destroy the three remaining Horcruxes, the magical fragments responsible for the Dark Lord’s immortality. Harry Potter must face the greatest battle of his life. He must face Lord Voldermort and he must bury the evil!
Just like the previous movies, special effects and cinematography impinge on lustrous…
Just like the previous movies, special effects and cinematography impinge on lustrous with some brilliant action set pieces including replicating paraphernalia and evading the firestorm. Oscar-winning composer, Alexandre Desplat, provides a solid score, loosely reminding me of the beating pace and electricity of Hans Zimmer’s Inception soundtrack. In contrast to Part 1, the film never drags and due to the ongoing battle it fits its 125 minutes running time effectively.
The negatives of the film were minor but four fold. Firstly, don’t be fooled by the 3D. It was all talk and no show. Let the narrative guide you – not a floppy pair of uncomfortable glasses, which can really upset the experience of watching the movie. It doesn’t help when you have to wear a pair of glasses when you watch any kind of movie let alone 3D.
…for Dan, I still consider “What if so-and-so had played Harry?”
I am still unconvinced Daniel Radcliffe can pull off a dramatic scene. The other two leads have certainly developed throughout the decade but for Dan, I still consider “What if so-and-so had played Harry?” I haven’t seen Equus so this may be a flawed assessment.
Furthermore, there was a lot of talk about Ron and Hermione’s kiss sequence, but perhaps it was misplaced and put in just for the sake of this being the last film. Add to this an epilogue which was more cringing than sentimental. HP 7.5 was an energizing battle against evil, but never flawless. I still believe it doesn’t live up to the standards of The Lord of The Rings.
The film has already earned millions in advanced ticket sales…
The film has already earned millions in advanced ticket sales in the US, reportedly pulling in $32 million! I recall people crying and weeping at the world premiere last week. Saying goodbye to a character they had grown up with over the last decade was difficult. Coming out of the movie I don’t know whether I shared such a sentiment. The film was exciting, it wasn’t an epic conclusion as the posters describe, I wasn’t left emotionally stirred, but I was surprised. Drop into this mix a one on one between Helena Bonham Carter and Julie Walters and you have one nice finish to a colossal movie franchise!
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