Monday, July 18, 2011

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Okay, so Harry Potter ended last weekend. The film series has been resolved, the books are now over, and now a whole generation has seen its main pop culture statement do stuff.

So how does the last film hold up?

Well... let's get to that, shall we?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Do I really have to give a summary for this? It's the final battle between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) against the forces of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) with the help of his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine (Emma Watson), who are still hunting for Horcruxes and end up returning to Hogwarts to finish Voldemort once and for all.

And on that count, we really have a lot going on. Whereas Part 1 was understated, Part 2 is appropriately overblown. Somehow, David Yeats managed to make a film-long battle incredibly interesting. There is a lot that happens in this movie, and near on every major character that's been in the franchise up to this point gets to have a moment in the spotlight. And the final battle between Harry and Voldemort is nothing short of jawdropping.

But it's the quiet parts that really work well. This film isn't completely about the action at all. No, there are some pieces of the film's story that are absolutely required to have some extraordinary emotional weight. And it's here that I think that the casting proves to have been effective. There is one particular sequence that had me tearing up because the acting was so effective from everyone involved. The quiet parts therefore had incredible emotional gravitas, and it lent an incredible sense that the characters were fighting for something to the movie that it might not have had otherwise.

I... don't really have enough to talk about with this movie that I can't really spoil.

So I'll just say that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the best conclusion an eight-film-long franchise could have asked for. It's exciting, emotionally involving, and intriguing all in one. Be warned as you may have to have some expertise with the franchise to get some of the ending (Part 1 is a must-watch if you hope to understand a large chunk of this movie's plot), but it's a strong conclusion to the series.


Most definitely worth checking out.

This is Herr Wozzeck Reviews. I'll see you guys next time.

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