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The Diva's Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)


 

The Diva's review of 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1(2010)

 



Rated;running time of 2 hours and 37 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Written by: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Directed by: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter, Bonnie Wright, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Rhys Ifans, Imelda Staunton
Release Date: 11/19/2010


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

 

The Directive


The Deathly Hallows begins a little bit after The Half-Blood Prince ended. The community is still reeling over the death of Dumbledore. And with Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) power increasing, the line between good and evil is much clearer, those who support Voldemort, do so more freely, those who do not, fear for their lives. The forces of evil are getting closer to Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) so much so, his friends and allies try to spirit him away. As always Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are right by his side. There seems to be a mole in the group and the causalities are fast and brutal, but they manage to get Harry to safety only for him to go off on a quest for Horcruxes.

Meanwhile Voldemort and his Death Eaters have managed to kill Minister of Magic (Bill Nighy), now in control the make Harry Public Enemy #1. This makes their quest all the more harder. Couple the search with the ever increasing hormones; they have so much on their plate, that saving their lives almost seems like a second thought. They have a lot of work cut out for them, but are they strong enough to juggle everything coming their way and figure you the complex clues to the horcruxes?

The Dish


I feel a *little* “Meh” about this one. It was enjoyable, especially on the IMAX screen but there was something different about this one. It felt rushed. I know the movie is split in two so how can I really say that? But I felt there was quite a bit that was glossed over. Like the demise of a key character, the introduction or reintroduction of various charters - if you’ve read the books then you know what’s going on, but should you come to this movie with no previous knowledge, you will likely be lost.

The movie was also a bit uneven in its pacing and brought forth some glaring shortcoming in the actors performances. I’m not saying that the acting was horrible – just a bit limited. But where the acting was lacking, the action almost always turned the attention from that. Thus the unevenness. I have to also admit that the abrupt ending was a bit disappointing. It was like I was looking at an unfinished print.

The Directive


When it was all said and done, it was enjoyable. The time didn’t fly by like it has previously, but I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time. I just felt “Meh”

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The Deathly Hallows need a little life support

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