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FILM REVIEW: "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

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FILM REVIEW:  Harry
Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
 (Directed by David Yates)  2011

As a fellow moviegoer told me as the credits rolled at the
end of the highly-anticipated finale, Harry
Potter & The Deathly Hallows
Part 2, the final installment “lacked warmth.”

Sadly, I would have to agree with that and it seemed a
little short. But hey, it’s Harry Potter, so who am I to really complain all
that much.

Having read J.K. Rowling’s entire series, including book 7,
which was broken up into two parts for the film versions, it just did not hold
up as well as I had hoped and the actors were not allowed to really shine as
they deserved under the direction of longtime Harry Potter director David Yates.

And while I understand this climactic conclusion is dark and
serious, even the happier moments seem clouded, such as a dream-like encounter
with Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) or his late parents.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is his usual, bewildered self.
Trying to make sense of the cards he has been dealt. The audience is taken back
to a dark situation, albeit at the beachfront house where Harry, Hermione (Emma
Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint) and other supporters of “good” are with a
villainous goblin who wants the sword of Gryffindor in exchange for sneaking
into the deep-below-the-earth vaults at the goblin-run Gringotts Bank.

It is there, and elsewhere, where the search for bits of Voldemort’s
soul are believed to reside and the hunt for these horcruxes that the intrepid,
wizarding trio must destroy in order to defeat the Dark Lord.

The highlight of the film, surprisingly enough, is nerdy
Neville Longbottom (Matthew Long) who really gets to shine with his brave derring-do
and his memorable one-liners, especially when he encounters Lord Voldermort (Ralph
Fiennes) at a particularly difficult moment for the Hogwarts gang.

Additionally, Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), an
appealing character in all his complexity, also has a chance to shine in a way
that will surprise many.

There are some flashbacks that are bound to trigger feelings
of nostalgia – we have, after all, watched these three grow up from children to
adulthood – and a sense that the ending of this lucrative and captivating
franchise is appropriate at this point in time. As J.K. Rowling said herself,
there will be no “Harry Potter Goes to the Moon.”

Much can be said of the visual effects, and in my case I saw
it in 3-D, although there weren’t enough “in-your-face” moments to really
warrant it. Still, some action scenes do stand out and the sight of a wrecked
Hogwarts and the Gringotts “roller coaster” ride will take your breath away.

Without giving too much away, the beginning is drawn out and
the ending is rather rushed and forced. And for those of you who read the book,
the makeup people should have worked a little harder during filming,
particularly at, umm, “ageing” some characters.  

While Deathly Hallows
Part 2
is a decent, workaday sort of film (Yates’s best Potter film was 2007’s Order of the Phoenix – Dolores Umbridge,
the pink-loving, cat-crazy Ministry stooge is one of the best Potter villains
in the beloved series) I didn’t think it was entirely fitting as the final film
in a magical series many of us will unlikely soon forget.

Grade: B-

Copyright 2011 West
Marie Media

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