Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #296 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Movie #296 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

(2011, US, d. David Yates)

There were many ways this movie could have been done. But that said, I’m glad it was this way. Every Potter film faces the nearly impossible task of having to start its exposition all the way from the beginning. And with every film, they have more information to get across in less time. But this one doesn’t. Apart from explaining what the Deathly Hallows are again, it just picks back up exactly where Part I left off. If you don’t know Harry Potter exposition already, well then you’re screwed. But the film wasn’t made for you. It was finally a film made for the fans. A film that finally felt like it gave deserved screen time to the pages that had consumed us readers for years. It was powerfully acted, wonderfully directed, and brilliantly photographed. At times like this, it’s hard not to think of the beginning. Awkward child actors have turned into character actors. A childish series has turned into something dark, grimy, and very real – despite its fantastical folklore. I must admit, I have to write this review as a fan and not a critic. Years of reading, more years of re-reading, years of waiting, and years of watching and re-watching have finally come to this. And it was epic.  The payoffs were wonderful, the action was intense, and the emotion was real and heartfelt. I’m sad to see it end, but at least it’s ending this way.


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