Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Atmospheric

8.5/10

It’s been too long, too long since I watched a Harry Potter film in the cinemas. The Harry Potter movies are that kind of movies that exist to be watched in the theatres, to be marvelled upon on the big screen. Watching the Half-Blood Prince on a rented VCD last year, I noticed how dark and drab it was and realised that the only proper place the boy wizard should appear was on the silver screen. But if the Harry Potter films all share a common flaw, it’s the fact that you can’t fully understand the plot unless you read the book beforehand – which was why I resolved to finish the series before I went to watch the movie.

I realised, to my sheer delight and incredulity, how true the movie was to the book. No wonder they decided to split it into two parts. To do justice to book of such depth there was no other way thinkable. Well, that and the fact that with such a profitable franchise coming to an end, they obviously wanted to squeeze every last cent from our pockets…

Deathly Hallows reminds me of the earlier Harry Potter movies which stayed remarkably true to the books – except it’s deliciously darker. The only scene that wasn’t in the book was the scene in which Harry asks Hermione to dance with him in order to cheer her up – and it was a smart move that added much emotional depth to the film.

The fantastic acting throughout doesn’t hurt either – as Bellatrix, Helena Bonham Carter is delightfully demented – and neither do the themes of friendship, loyalty and perseverance. The highlights of the film include the scene in the Ministry, and later on, the scene at Malfoy’s residence that culminates in Dobby’s death. There’s one particular scene in which Hermione is narrating the tale of how three brothers obtained the deathly hallows, and puppets are used to act out the scenes, which I thought was a really creative move.

The next film will be released in July 2011. I can’t wait.

Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Rating on IMDb: 7.9

Viewing history: Seen 1x. In theaters.

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