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“Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part II” – Review (POSITIVE)

July 28, 2011

Every expectation you had ever set for the final Harry Potter film…well…set them higher, because you’re about to be blown away faster than you can say expecto patronum! THE BEST SUMMER MOVIE OF 2011 has FINALLY arrived. “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” has everything you could ever want in a conclusion to a beloved classic. It has action, great story with amazing use of foreshadowing of it’s previous companion pieces, powerful acting, probably some of the best we’ve seen since “Prisoner of Azkaban”, and an all together visual style that’s in top form, not even Years 1 & 2 director, Chris Columbus, could achieve.

“Part 2” picks off literally, and I’m not even kidding, literally where “Part 1” ended, and we go on the epic concluson of a journey with Harry Potter and his dynamic pals Ron Weasly & Hermonie Granger. They must find the final Horcruxes to destroy Voldomort once and for all. They’re lead back to where it all began, Hogwarts. The final hour and a half at Hogwarts is some of the must gut churning, teary moments you’ll ever witness, especially if you’re a die hard Potter fan, and trust me…these fans will CRY AND NOT TAKE SHIT FOR IT!

Every actor in this movie seems to have brought their A-game, and why wouldn’t they, this is the final Harry Potter film, they needed to make it count. [Daniel] Radcliffe shows potential in his dramatic acting that could lead him to a better career as an actor, this was his finest moment ever on screen, and hopefully one day he’ll be able to top it. It’s also great to see Ralph Fiennes have more screen time as the baddie himself, Lord Voldomort. His range is as scary as Darth Vader, Freddy Krueger, and Hannibal Lecter all rolled into one scary package. Finally, mad props for Alan Rickman, trust me when I tell you, it’s really sad to see what is to become of Snape (goddamn crying fan girl in the theater).

But, the largest props for this film goes to director, David Yates, the man who’s stuck it out with Harry Potter the longest. Showing that he has what it takes to finish off where the ‘other’ directors didn’t seem to. Columbus was pathetic and couldn’t handle the material, Mike Newell was so-so, only Alfaunso Cauron seemed to match the greatness. Yates & Cauron were the ideal choices for this series. Yates’ style of hyper-realism is nothing to be missed in this film. With a great DP at his side, Eduardo Serra, Yates has carefully selected a dream team of collaberators to do “Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2” to the up most respect for film viewers and fans of the literature alike.

People, lets face it, the Potter films are no more, it will be missed, but the best thing about them is this…they are movies, and they can be seen again and again. They can be shared with newer generations from here on. These movies shall be remembered as was “The Wizard of OZ” or “Labyrinth” or even “Star Wars”. Harry Potter has been apart of our lives for over 13 years (counting the release of the first book) and now that it has officially come to a close, we can look back with fond memories of it all…

Mischief Managed…

GRADE: A

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