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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Warner Brothers

Mark Haddon

Let it be said straight away that the seventh film in the Harry Potter series, by now a predictably reliable brand, achieves precisely what it sets out to do, laying the groundwork for next year’s final episode in this decade-long franchise.

David Gritten, www.telegraph.co.uk

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As always, it was with great anticipation that I waited for the release of the penultimate Harry Potter film.  We have seen the films filter through slowly over almost ten years, so it seems fitting that we have finally reached the beginning of the end.  Having seen a few trailers and a "The Making Of..." style documentary, I was hopeful about this film.  The three main stars seem to have improved their acting, yet again;  They have come a long way from their rather "wooden" starts in 'The Philosopher's Stone'.  In particular, Emma Watson played her role as Herminoe Granger particularly well.

The film stays quite faithful to the book, only modifying or removing minor or insignificant details.  From the start, there is plenty of action and, for the most part, the story keeps a steady pace.  The new characters were cast well: Bill Weasley fitted in well with the rest of the clan and Xenophilius Lovegood (played by Rhys Ifans) was right on the money.  Bill NIghy did a good job as Rufus Scrimgeour, but he wasn't quite how I imagined him to be - the accent I think.  The Death Eaters and Snatchers are also worth a brief mention - rather terrifying.  Ralph Feinnes and Helena Bonham-Carter were also on top-form as Lord Voldemort and his faithful follower, Bellatrix Lestrange.

All-in-all, this particular film was going to be an odd one because it doesn't have a real ending.  Some have said the final book should have just been done as one film, but I disagree.  Unlike 'The Order of the Phoenix', which was a long book with little content, I didn't feel this was the case with J.K.'s final installment.  Perhaps a few parts were less significant but the entire plot is so interwoven that it would have been hard to pick things apart.  It must also be a tough job catering for both camps: those who know the HP books inside out and those who only watch the films.  What the latter may feel is overkill, the former will think is watered down!

Knowing that the main drama will come in the second installment of 'The Deathly Hallows', I think this film was one of the best Harry Potter films to date.  There was plenty of action and emotion whilst complicated details were explained as best they could be.  The film ending was cut in a very good place giving a rounded ending, of sorts, but leaving the appetite whet for the end of the Harry Potter tale in July 2011.

 

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Reviewed on 08/12/2010 by Angela

 

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