Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Screenwriter: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Cinematographer: Eduardo Sera
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Miranda Richardson, Warwick Davis, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Brendan Gleeson, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Jamie Campbell Bower, Richard Griffiths, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Fiona Shaw, Helen McCrory, David O’Hara, Natalia Tena
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images

With ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ being the seventh installment of a very successful franchise, there is no time to catch on who’s who and what happened in the last film. Either you were on the bandwagon from the start or you read enough through Wikipedia or cliffnotes for references.

As good as this film is, you must be a real fan to enjoy the two hour plus adventure. The seventh and final book wasn’t as long as the fifth book (‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’), so one wonders why Warner Bros. needed to break the final story in two parts.

While there are moments of boredom, it’s clear that the main principals are more mature, wiser, and comfortable in their roles. Filled with suspense, and darkness, ‘Part 1’ leaves you wanting the final film to come out now than next year.

There is never happiness in Harry Potter’s (played by Daniel Radcliffe) world as he gets older with his most trusted friends, Ron (played by Rupert Grint) and Hermione (played by Emma Watson). Forced into seclusion as the evil Lord Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes) searches the ends of the earth for them, Harry must be the one to keep everyone’s spirits up as they continue to looks for the remaining Horcruxes that’s the key to Voldemort’s strength and immortality.

In the past, the trio would spend time apart from each other, but the closer they spend with one another, little issues get the best of them like jealousy and the fear of death due to Harry’s constant battles with Voldemort. It’s starting to take its toll on the young lads, including Harry himself.

With the support of Ron’s family, Mad-Eye Moody, and Harry’s girlfriend, Ginny Weasley, the trio, using clues left behind by Harry’s mentor, the late Prof. Dumbledore, set out to explore the darkness that formed the deathly hallows while Voldemort and his minions get closer to them.

This is clearly the film where the Harry, Ron and Hermione are the focal point of the film. In some ways, it’s a waste of talent bringing series regulars like Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Julie Walters, Richard Griffiths, David Thewlis and Miranda Richardson in the film with short cameos. If you blink, one might Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Peter Mullan as the latest additions.

While the cinematography, settings, and music are all fine, one of the highlights of the film is the animation done to explain one crucial element of the story.

‘Part II’ won’t come until next summer so for now, if you have been a faithful follower, you won’t bored at all with this installment, just a bit anxious for the next one.

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