Friday, July 15, 2011

Full Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Grade: A+

Lord Voldemort has the most powerful wand known to wizards and is determined to finish this war as soon as possible. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are determined to stop him by all means necessary and are currently trying to find all of Voldemort’s horcruxes (pieces of Voldemort’s soul that help make him immortal)and destroy them. In order to find the final pieces, they must break into the impenetrable Gringotts bank and return to Hogwarts, which is now controlled by Death Eaters. Voldemort has caught on to their mission and follows the three back t Hogwarts. Upon their arrival, the biggest battle in wizarding history breaks out as good and evil fight it out for the fate of the wizarding world.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is the epic conclusion to the amazing movie franchise that started 10 years ago. This movie is probably the best movie of the series. Part 2 is absolutely loaded with action and pure emotion. The break in at Gringotts is done very well and looks amazing and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Then, when they get back to Hogwarts and the battle begins, what ensues is an amazing and beautifully shot series of action scenes that keep your pulse pounding. It is a ton of fun watching all the blitzkrieg of wizards, giants, trolls, dementors, walking statues and more, clash on the grounds and in the halls of the great castle. Of course, I can’t forget to mention the crazy rollercoaster of emotions this movie takes you on. The movie is brimming with highly emotional scenes. This movie is the first non-pixar movie in a long time to elicit a strong emotional response from me.

Daniel Radcliffe (all the other Harry Potter movies) plays the titular role of Harry Potter. Radcliffe has done a great job with this role and has come a long way since the first movie and I’m glad to see him end the series strong and definitely on a high note. Emma Watson plays the role of the very smart Hermione Granger. Watson has been superb from the start and has only managed to get better over the years. Rupert Grint plays the role of Ron Weasley. I actually didn’y like Grint at first, it wasn’t until around the fourth movie that he started to grow on me and by this movie, he made Ron one of the best characters in the movie. Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges, Red Dragon) plays the role of the evil Lord Voldemort. Fiennes is amazing and he does a spectacular job with this character in the final chapter. I couldn’t possibly imagine anybody else in this role. Alan Rickman (Dogma, Bottle Shock) plays the role of Severus Snape. Snape is a very complicated character with many different sides to him and Rickman has done a great job with this character. However, he completely stunned me in this movie with his performance. I have always liked Rickman and have always thought that he was a great actor but I found this performance to be one of his best performances, if not the best performance he’s given, truly powerful stuff. The movie also features amazing performances by Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, John Hurt, Maggie Smith, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton and many more.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is the best ending I think we, the fans, could have possibly asked for. It is an amazing piece of cinema and is a lot of fun to watch. It is kind of sad to see the series end but relieving at the same time. This is probably the best movie of the series and I strongly advise watching part 1 right before going to see this. Also, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed in the post-production 3D conversion. It looked fine in some scenes but pretty bad in others. It looked like a bunch of cardboard cutouts in some scenes. The movie is well worth seeing in IMAX (which is unfortunately in 3D) but I can’t recommend seeing this in regular 3D.

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