Am I really truly qualified to review Part 1 of the final chapter in the most successful film series in motion picture history?
After all I haven’t read any of the books and have never really gotten into all that wizardry stuff.
I do know a good movie from a bad one and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS-PART 1 is definitely impressive!
And make no mistake about it this is the beginning of the end!
I won’t go into the specific ins and outs of the storyline here. Suffice it to say that the Minister of Magic’s proclamation early on is, "These are dark times, there’s no denying,"
That’s an understatement that sets the mood and tone of this almost 2-1/2 hour long adventure.
If you break it down, it’s young wizard Harry and friends pitted in the final battle against evil Lord Voldemort and his death eaters. The chosen one is now the hunted one and drawing ever closer to the task for which he’s been preparing ever since he first stepped into Hogwarts.
Does # 7 in the Potter series have too much story to fit into just one film?
Apparently that was the motivation for Warner Brothers when they decided to slice the complete story into two parts with the climax set to bring down the curtain on July 15, 2011— in 3-D no less.
Some would suggest that gobbling up twice the boxoffice take could’ve been the studio’s real purpose for halving the DEATHLY HALLOWS. But of course you’ve never known me to be that cynical.
In fairness four out of four fans of various ages that I spoke with after HP7’s screening loved the movie and felt that thanks to the two parts, the filmmakers for the first time were able to stay absolutely true to the book.
Some personal observations.
HP7 is surely the darkest of the series—both emotionally and in on-screen presence. It’s filled with teen angst and brooding and sports some of the best CGI effects of the entire series—even though I could’ve done without those damn snakes!
What I wasn’t prepared for was a nude Harry and Hermione getting hot and heavy with each other.
But not to worry they’re ‘strategically’ covered.
And of Harry sporting a lace bra? Well hell who hasn’t thought about that?
Bear in mind HP7’s PG-13 rating is accompanied by the following MPAA advisory to parents: (the movie contains….)
"sequences of intense action and violence and frightening images." (Could they be referring to Harry in a bra?)
If you haven’t kept up with the storylines throughout the years—good luck.
Chances are you may find yourself hopelessly lost. But if you’re a faithful muggle, you’ll gladly hand over your entertainment dollars to J.K. Rowling’s and Warner Brothers cash reserve.
You’ll be in 7th heaven and will most likely raise 4 out of 5 magical fingers for the movie.
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