What’s Left to Say About ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’?
Does whats I say in this review matter? Is it going to change anyone’s opinion about the Harry Potter series? Absolutely not. At this point most of the diehard fans have probably already seen it and have formed opinions that will never budge. I must admit that I have done the same. In this avid fan, aspiring reviewer, film enthusiast, and still growing human being’s opinion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is an incredible movie experience, one that will never be forgotten. Does it have problems? Yes, just like the rest of the Potter films. But this one overcomes them by raising the stakes and overall scale of the series.
The opening of the film is a little shaky. We start with shots of Voldemort and Snape that remind us of the events that happened just before this one. It sets up a wonderful tone of sadness as the title creeps up in the clouds for the last time. But then Deathly Hallows Part 2 starts off a bit too slowly. We get two important conversations, however it is odd to place them as the opening to the movie and it does hurt the overall film just a little. I found myself wishing for a bit more of a bang for an opening scene. No matter, once our heroes go on a bank robbery all is well.
The sequence at the famous wizarding bank is excellent. Everything about it is exciting, particularly the escape on the dragon. After that, the film starts heading towards its climax at an incredible speed. Those who read the book will be surprised at how fast we find ourselves on the brink of the battle at Hogwarts. And a grande battle it truly is.
Does the battle have the same scale as say a Lord of the Rings movie? No, but it certainly comes very close. However the scale of the battle doesn’t matter because after eight films, we care about these characters enough that no matter how big and small the action, it was going to be epic no matter what.
That’s not to say that the action isn’t impressive. We get an incredible action sequence where Draco Malfoy and two of his fellow Slytherins face off against Harry in the Room of Requirement. The scene is certainly a highlight of the film. However, the whole battle is incredible as we see all these major characters fighting in one place for one cause.
However, some of the best parts of the film are when the battle pauses for an important part of the plot. The memories of Snape are explored in a wonderful sequence that will break your heart. We also get a great scene between Harry and Dumbledore that I dare not explain for the sake of spoilers. These are certainly two of the best scenes in the film and sum up the series brilliantly as it draws to its conclusion.
All of the acting in the film is fantastic. For a short while, Helena Bonham Carter gets to play Hermione and she does it wonderfully. Also of note are Maggie Smith’s heroic McGonagall and Ralph Fiennes’ Voldemort who is certainly in the running for one of the best movie villains of all time. However it is Alan Rickman who owns this film as Severus Snape. Everything about his performance is perfect and beautiful. I hope to see some recognition for him in Oscar season.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 will not disappoint anyone who is invested in the characters after the seven previous films. It is a beautiful and epic finale. The Harry Potter series has worked its way up there with Star Wars as films that I will have to show to my eventual children at an early age. If the story engulfs them as it did me, which I know it will, then the magic will never end. (**** out of 4)