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This first part of the last installment of the Harry Potter series finds Harry in immense danger as the Dark Lord seeks to end his existence.
In fact, the most part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, finds Harry hiding out with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, while also trying to find the way to thwart Voldemort’s evil scheme. In the middle of the confusion, Harry, too, must try to piece together clues provided by Dumbledore in order to halt his enemy.
Most of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows surrounds the three young friends in the wilderness. The basic plot is the same as all of the Potter films: the fight between good and evil. Will the “chosen one” rise to glory or succumb to the twisted schemes of the embodiment of evil, Voldemort?
The best part of this new installment from an objective POV is the dialogue between the three main characters: Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They banter as true friends would; and the dialogue also helps push forward the story, while providing much needed comedic relief.
This second-to-last entry of the Harry Potter series is perhaps the weakest link of the series so far. The plot is extremely thin; and the overall story suffers, probably from the studios desire to squeeze one more sequel out of the franchise; Part 2 comes to theaters in 2011. Most of the film is just the three friends sitting in the woods not knowing what to do. Also, this installment does not offer audiences as much incredible action or whimsical quirks. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 merely rehashes the same stuff everyone has already seen. Harry is hunted down. Voldemort tries to capture Potter, but only gets so close.
The biggest problem with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is that it references names and people (whom are hardly seen in the movie) and spends less time on the people on the screen. Without any doubt, the avid Potter audience will love the film and the slew of inside jokes and heaping mounds of Potter mythology. But, the average moviegoer may find themselves on the outside looking in.
Another problem parents will face is that the content is far more mature than in previous movies, as explained below in the “Family Friendly” section of this review.
How I Rate It
Family Friendly: This Harry Potter movie gets only 2.5/5 stars when it comes to family friendliness. Some of the major issues discussed or shown in the movie involve suicide, murder, and even sexual innuendos. The most disturbing example is when Ron sees a vision of Harry and Hermione sharing a kiss. The kissing is extremely aggressive and the pair seems to be naked. However, nothing explicit is featured; his perspective is distorted by flames.
As with the entire Harry Potter saga, there is a huge amount of magic, incantations, and supernatural elements. While this film draws a battle between good and evil, many may take issue with the convention of magic as a whole.
Degree of Excellence: It deserves a 3.3 star rating for excellence. The special effects are good as usual and the dialogue is witty. However, this film fell far short of the cinematic quality of the predecessors in the franchise.
Take Away: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 gets 3 stars for being stuck in the middle between bad and good. Even if you don’t have an issue with the premise, this movie leaves a lot to be desired.