Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

"Excellent"

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review


Cranking up the action and emotion, Jk Rowling's Harry Potter saga moves into the first half of its extended grand finale. It's a relatively harrowing film punctuated by real violence, and it cleverly starts weaving together both the plot and the relationships.

After the tragic events of the previous school year, Harry (Radcliffe) and his pals Ron and Hermoine (Grint and Watson) know that they can't go back to normal. Instead, they're on the run from Voldemort (Fiennes) and his fearsome Death Eaters. They also have an overwhelming task: collecting the horcruxes that Voldemort has hidden to ensure his immortality. But where to look? And when they find one, how do they destroy it? Then a rebel journalist (Ifans) tells them the story of the Deathly Hallows, which makes their quest even more urgent.

The plot has a very different structure, as our three heroes are propelled by startling events into increasingly uncertain situations. Persistently chased by the bad guys and unable to trust anyone, they are profoundly alone and constantly in danger. We strongly feel their lonely desperation all the way through the film, so when another nasty thing happens to push them further along, it's genuinely unsettling.

Although it feels far too long, Yates and Kloves thankfully mix the dark drama with lighter comedy, allowing the characters to grow organically. Over seven films the story has grown increasingly gloomy but, despite the relentless anxiety, this chapter has an insistent pace, which is helpful since pretty nightmarish things are happening. There's also some subtext in the political storyline, as the villains seize control first of the media and then the government.

By now, the three central actors have settled solidly into their roles, adding subtle edges in every scene. Intriguingly, Grint has emerged as the most complex performer, but all three are excellent. And the who's who of British acting talent around them is fantastic. Stand-outs this time are Nighy (as a slippery politician), Isaacs (as a disgraced baddie) and Mullan (as a vicious security guy). But several others get a chance to shine as well, and of course there's a lot more action to come in Part 2.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 146 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th November 2010

Box Office USA: $295.0M

Box Office Worldwide: $954.3M

Budget: $250M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 203 Rotten: 56

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Harry Potter, as Hermione Granger, as Ron Weasley, as Bellatrix Lestrange, as Severus Snape, as Rufus Scrimgeour, as Albus Dumbledore, as Lord Voldemort, as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody, as Mr. Ollivander, as Aberforth Dumbledore, as Neville Longbottom, as Xenophilius Lovegood, as Draco Malfoy, as Lucius Malfoy, as Gellert Grindelwald, as Fleur Delacour, as Ginny Weasley, as Griphook, as Rubeus Hagrid, as Remus Lupin, as Luna Lovegood, as Narcissa Malfoy, as Wormtail, as Molly Weasley, as Dolores Umbridge, as Aunt Petunia, as Nymphadora Tonks, as Fred Weasley, as George Weasley, as Arthur Weasley, as Vernon Dursley, as Dudley Dursley, as Madame Olympe Maxime, as Mafalda Hopkirk, as Albert Runcorn, Steffan Rhodri as Reg Cattermole, as Cho Chang, as The Snatcher, Ian Kelly as Mr. Granger, as Mrs. Granger, as Charity Burbage, as Death Eater Yaxley, Guy Henry as Pius Thicknesse, Arben Bajraktaraj as Antonin Dolohov, Rod Hunt as Thorfinn Rowle, Suzanne Toase as Alecto Carrow, Ralph Ineson as Amycus Carrow, Adrian Annis as Death Eater, as Death Eater, Richard Strange as Death Eater, Paul Khanna as Death Eater, Anthony John Crocker as Death Eater, Peter G. Reed as Death Eater, Granville Saxton as Death Eater, Judith Sharp as Death Eater, Ashley McGuire as Death Eater, Penelope McGhie as Death Eater, Bob Yves Van Hellenberg Hubar as Death Eater, Tony Kirwood as Death Eater, as Elphias Doge, Matyelok Gibbs as Auntie Muriel Weasley, as Kreacher (voice), Jon Campling as Death Eater, as Seamus Finnigan, William Melling as Nigel, Simon Grover as Death Eater, as Cormac McLaggen, as Lavender Brown, as Romilda Vane, Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle, Scarlett Byrne as Pansy Parkinson, Afshan Azad as Padma Patil, as Scabior, as Dobby, as Mary Cattermole, as Gregorovitch, as Young Gellert Grindelwald, Hazel Douglas as Bathilda Bagshot, as James Potter, as Lily Potter, as Rita Skeeter, as Fenrir Greyback, Graham Duff as Death Eater

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