Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II 3D (2011)

| 12 July , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Tom Felton

Sassi Rating: 4/5

Ten years, close to six billion dollars grossed worldwide, and three new superstars made; The Harry Potter film franchise has come to an end. The curtains closed to a round of applause at the Sydney premiere last night, but the melancholy faces that filtered out of that cinema are nothing compared to what is expected at midnight tonight when cinemas open nationally for the die-hard fans.

There is a lot of expectation riding on these last 130 minutes of film – upsetting the army of round-glasses, cape wearing fans surely more daunting then discouraging the critics. Luckily neither will be disappointed.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Harry, Hermione, and Ron must find and destroy the three remaining Horcruxes in order to defeat the Dark Lord in the show-down Harry\’s entire life has been geared towards.

There is a lot and not very much going at the same time in this film. It\’s centred around one solitary battle that requires mountains of back-story and mind-mapping to follow. In other words if you\’ve never seen a Potter film don\’t make this your first. As a stand alone the narrative of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is perhaps a  tiny bit deathly hollow, but it\’s a good follow on and I\’m sure to fans the final battle between Harry and Voldemort is worth nothing less then an entire feature length film.

That being said this is the lone significant criticism in an otherwise brilliant film. Full of action and beautifully realised this film is a pleasure to watch, extremely entertaining, and a triumph of the imagination – even eight movies in. Everything about the Rowling/Yates envisioned world awakens the imagination we started to curb when we decided we had to grow up.

This film is left wanting of more interaction between the three young stars whose chemistry has always been the driving force of the previous films. But this is Harry\’s battle to fight and Radcliffe shoulders the intensity of his role superbly. In fact the entire cast is superb, and it\’s surely sad that we won\’t be able to see them reprising these performances again.

Darker and more violent than the previous incarnations this M rated addition is not one to bring the youngest fans to straight away. In between the sinister cinematography and the apocalyptic story line you\’re almost begging for some of the halfway cheery shots scattered in the prequel. For such a dark piece the witty one-liners are few and far between. Yet perhaps all this poignancy is appropriate to farewell such well loved characters.

There is no doubt that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will do well at the box office and unlike so many other blockbusters this is actually a film worthy of the success it is anticipated it will receive. If you can, it\’s definitely worth seeing in 3-D even if just to be as bespectacled as the main man himself.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is in cinemas from midnight tonight.


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