Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Movie Review

Those who can get beyond the bleakness of movie picture “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I,” will be thrilled by new movieHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.” In this final installment in the series, Harry must rid the world of Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes, even if it means he, too, will see his end. Harry Potter fans will be rabid to see this new movie release, of course. The amazing thing about Part II is that it stands on its own, which will be big news in movie forums. The visual effects, by David Yates, are amazing and this finale is going to bring in at least a billion dollars at the box office – reinforcing its place as the number 1 movie franchise in history. It’s already worth over $6 bil.

Part II starts right where Part I ended – Voldemort has Dumbledore’s “Elder Wand” which gives ultimate power to he, or she, who holds it. There’s no time wasted in getting to the action sequences. Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, and his buddies, manage to live through floods, fires, battles, entanglements with enormous spiders, dragons, and snakes, until they come to the final showdown. With all of this going on, there’s still a lot of room for Harry to reveal some of the secrets of his life, besides plenty of stuff about life, love, and courage. The characters are older now and that which was schoolyard drama before has become more serious.

As Harry, Ron, played by Rupert Grint, and Hermione, played by Emma Watson, look for the Horocrux, they must return to Hogwarts, which was a no show in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.” It’s a lot different than it used to be. Alan Rickman, playing Severus Snape, the new schoolmaster, has beaten the school into the dust and is still a threat to Harry’s existence. That which happens between Harry and Snape is what leads to Harry’s final confrontation with Voldemort.

The terrific cast of this movie – undoubtedly one of the top 10 movies of the year-is better than ever before. The British supporting cast, with pros like Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, and Michael Gambon, has lifted the series up immeasurably. Fiennes, Rickman, and Matthew Lewis are also excellent in the movie. And one must not forget Stuart Craig’s production design, Eduardo Serra’s incredible cinematography, and the score by Alexandre Desplat.

This last Potter is the first to be available in 3D. It makes the show a little more expensive, but doesn’t really add much to the story. So choose whichever you want. No matter how one looks at it, Part II of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is not only the best movie of the summer, but the best movie of the year.

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