146 Min. | Adventure – Family – Fantasy | November 2010
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Director: David Yates
Staring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review: The last book in the Harry Potter saga has been split into two parts. At first, maybe people would think it is to squeeze some more financial mileage out of the series. On the other hand, having watched this installment, there is simply too much complex storytelling involved in this book to cram it into only one two and half hour movie. This ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ is already a very full two and half hours. The drama begins even before the opening credits roll. The special effects have reached a new high point with the trick of using polyjuice potion to create multiple Harry’s. The frenetic escape of Harry in Hagrid’s motor sidecar is an achievement in action editing. The trio’s penetration of the Ministry of Magic to get the locket horcrux is very exciting and tension-filled.
Momentum dips a bit in the midsection as our trio scour the English wilderness for a way to destroy the horcrux. This prolonged section, which some may find boring, dealt more with the personal relationships loyalty of the three friends as challenges are thrown their way. The segment is marked by the hard-to-watch bloodlust of Bellatrix Lestrange and the nobility of Dobby. Watch out too for a most unexpected dance scene which will surely make you smile, if not actually chuckle! In ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’, in the third section, we learn what the “deathly hallows” are referred to in the title as our trio learns it from Xenophilius Lovegood. But the main highlight here is a most amazing animated short featurette called “The Tale of Three Brothers” as narrated by Hermione. This ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ ends very well with a sky-splitting final cliffhanger sequence. Its been repeatedly mentioned how the main actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have all grown up in front of our eyes as this movie series unfolded.
Rupert and Emma are both taller than Daniel already! Acting-wise, everyone had likewise improved very much. They all even show some skin here. Yes, even Hermione. The support from the esteemed gallery of British actors and actresses serve the film very well indeed. We saw everyone from all the previous films it seems, except for Maggie Smith. The direction of David Yates is excellent as he did in the last two films. Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves got just the proper mix of action, drama and humor needed to make the saga work on screen. This may just be a set-up installment, however, it stands very strong on its own merits. Overall, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ is fantastic.