Starring: Daniel Radcliff, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis and more…
Directed by: David Yates From the Novel by: JK Rowling Screenplay by: Steve Kloves Original Music by: Alexadre Desplat
Review: The last of the Harry Potter films went out with a bang! The script was a lot tighter than Part 1, which did a lot to improve the film from the previous disaster.
As always, though the film is 130 minutes long, not everything can be covered, so you only catch glimpses or fallout rather than the whole scene for certain side matters from the books. This unfortunately meant that some of the losses of individuals during the combat were flashed by or seen after the fact and there is little time to grieve.
The intro catch up was quick and quite creepy and set the perfect mood for the somber times at the film’s beginning. Everyone you know will be glimpsed sooner or later (except the Duddley’s, though you do see Duddley’s Mom as a teenager at one point).
The usual quips and little funny moments still peek out here and there, lightening the somber time even if only for a moment and from some unexpected sources.
The CGI effects were great! In the IMAX 3D the ride at Grimgots and the dragon, but specifically the defense shield set up and the raging fires looked magnificent. The Deatheaters and all the flashing magical attacks were great.
I found it quite amusing that the very lesson Snape tried to teach Harry in book 6 but which was then ignored by Rowling in Book 7 was actually used and taken to heart in the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – magic use without the need for words. Though in the beginning they do use it, once things get moving, they don’t anymore.
The ending is even more brief than in the book, so be prepared. But over all it was well worth the ride.
Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating – Worth Full Price of Admission)