Saturday, July 30, 2011

Film Review - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

In this, the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry. Ron and Hermione are continuing their quests to destroy the Horcruxes which will in turn help to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort, but Voldemort and his followers are now descending on Hogwarts but the magical school won't go down without a fight and in the end, there can be only one.

If the Highlander reference is somewhat confusing I'll say it refers to the final battle between Harry and Voldemort which is the final showdown that ends this series and it does so very well indeed, the battle in Hogwarts which also helps to dominate much of the film is also beautifully staged with some very surprising moments.

But the reason it works so well is this: We actually care about the characters in it and that feeling permeated throughout the movie, in an age where we have movies like Transformers 3 where you have these big effects scenes full of elaborate camera shots and state of the art computer graphics and dialogue like "You didn't betray me, you betrayed yourself" but behind that is a hollow heart, one with no real love or genuine thought attached and as a result audiences don't have any reason to care about the action on screen, here that isn't a problem, we've invested so much into the main characters here that we want to see them succeed, to stand united as one and defeat evil once and for all and it's all brought together so wonderfully well and emotionally it's just as satisfying.

But in the end there can be only one and that is given due credence but I won't say too much more than that other than "One shall Stand, One shall Fall."

All in all, a very satisfying conclusion to a series that has come to mean so much to so many, strongly recommended, 4 out of 5.

PS: Hello to Jason Issacs!

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