Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2



Lord Voldemort(Ralph Fiennes) opens Albus Dumbledore(Michael Gambon)’s crypt and takes the Elder Wand, one of the three items comprising the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter(Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley(Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger(Emma Watson) have no clue about the rest of the horcruxes. After burying the Dobby’s body and questioning Ollivander(John Hurt) about wands, Harry enlists the help of Griphook the goblin to break into the vaults of Gringotts. Griphook agrees to help in return of Gryffindor’s sword. After successfully retrieving the horcrux - Hegla Hufflepuff’s cup, Griphook escapes with the sword leaving Harry, Ron and Hermione behind. With some quick thinking from Hermione, they are able to escape from Gringotts.

Harry has visions of the horcruxes since he shares Lord Voldemort’s thoughts. This leads them to Hogsmeade where they meet Aberforth(Ciaran Hinds), Albus Dumbledore’s brother. From there, they enter Hogwarts through a secret passage. At Hogwarts, Harry confronts Professor Severus Snape(Alan Rickman). When Harry is about to attacked, Minerva McGonagall steps in to save him. Snape flees Hogwarts. Soon, Lord Voldemort assembles his army of deatheaters for an attack on Hogwarts. Although the school of magic and wizards can defend itself, the entire exercise will only delay Voldemort. Harry has to find and destroy the rest of the horcruxes in a very short time.

David Yates directs the final installment of the final film in this series. Everyone is aware about the outcome of the confrontation between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. So, the emphasis is on tying the loose ends, finding the horcruxes and the final battle. The movie scores on the pace and also on the special effects. The audience is hooked on to the visually pleasing events which progresses fast. The collage giving a view into Snape’s mind is worthy of mention. The epilogue of the movie where all young characters are portrayed older with makeup and special effects fails as it induces laughter.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson continues to shine in their respective roles even though Rupert has lesser funny lines than the rest of the movies in the series. It is Alan Rickman and Ralph Fiennes that impresses. Alan’s Snape is a difficult one as he has to portray a different side of the character which is more humane and instantly yields sympathy from the viewer. He has do it without completely letting go of the persona he has built up in the previous movies. Ralph’s Voldemort shows a sleazy and slimy side of himself which was never seen before in the series. This time around, Voldemort is scared and careful without losing the wicked side.

Strictly for Potter fans. Without reading the book and seeing the first part, this will not make any sense. All of Potter fans can rest now. It has finally ended.

Language: English

Genre: Action

Rating: ***

Tags: Movies,Daniel Radcliffe,Rupert Grint,Emma Watson,Ralph Fiennes,Alan Rickman,David Yates,Action

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