Monday, 23 July 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2



Harry Potter. If you haven't heard of this boy then you ought to be shot on sight. When J.K Rowling first sat down, and laid pen to paper to begin her first Harry Potter novel, did it ever cross her mind that years later her final instalment would become the most anticipated movie event of 21st Century so far? I doubt it, but it is. I can't think of the last time I got so excited for a film. I can't remember the last time there wasn't a spare seat in the theatre where I saw this film. I can't remember the last time over 100 people were so silent when watching two people look at each other. I can't remember the last time I was so awe-struck by a movie. 

"Deathly Hallows Part 2" follows Harry, Ron and Hermione as they attempt to destroy all seven of the horcruxes in order to defeat Lord Voldemort's soul, and stop him from destroying the school they belong to. But, all Voldemort wants is Harry. And he's willing to do anything to get to him. Can they destroy all the horcruxes in time, or will Harry have to resort to allowing his close friends to die for him? Or, which will happen first? 

Honestly, I was mind-blown coming out of the cinema. I was speechless. I just looked at my brother and said "Bloody. Hell". He agreed. I'm going to struggle to find words to describe this film. I waited a decade for this, and it did not disappoint. Not even slightly. 

I'll start with the acting. This time round, I can't fault it. Emma Watson is still superb for me; she's easily the best out of the three kids. My favourite two characters, though, lie within Bellatrix LeStrange and Luna Lovegood. Both are magnificently acted, and they never fail to steal the scenes they take part in. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed Maggie Smith's Professor McGonagall this time round; she got a great few laughs in there. The main one being "I've always wanted to use that spell!" 

Secondly, I have to praise the visual effects. All of the Harry Potter films have been a visual treat, but this one was amazing. Ranging from very realistic dragons, to moving fire and water, to a huge bubble shield being formed around the school. It's just fantastic. The cinematography is stunning all round, as it has been in every previous instalment. Nothing new here really. It deserved a mention though; it's spellbinding! 

I've got to praise the direction here; David Yates did a superb job. He really grabbed the emotion, and put that first. The main example of this is Snape's reveal scene. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. The moment when Harry put Snape's tear into the pensieve, and it was revealed that Snape had spent his whole life watching over and protecting Harry was beautifully done. I had goose bumps, and they were quite a few sniffles coming from around me. It really was quite something. SPOILERS OVER.

The characters were also much, much stronger in this one. They all felt really defined, and everyone had something to do. When certain people died, and a lot do, I truly felt sad, as if I'd known them my whole life. Which, in a way, we kind of have. The main example is Neville; he did so much in this film. He'd always been known as the rubbish one, that couldn't get anything right. Trust me; he gets a lot right here. They tried to allow us to see all of the important characters, as this is the last time we get to see them. I thought it was a great touch. 

So, there we have it. The movie event of the decade. And it did not disappoint. I'm not afraid to admit it; I cried. The way they used the same music as the original film in the final scene was brilliant. It was just as if everything was starting fresh. Back in 2001, I witnessed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I was hooked. Now, ten years later, and I have grown up. So have the actors. The characters. The films on a whole. It's been a magical and truly excellent ten year era; all thanks to J.K Rowling and the fantastic team behind each and every film. And, you know what? I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 

To Summarise: Strong acting, masterful direction and pure emotion add up to an astonishing success; Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is movie perfection.



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