HT Schuyler: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review

Posted: December 19, 2010 by htschuyler in HT Schuyler's Movie Reviews

Rated PG for scary images, violence and partial nudity.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and David Thewlis.

Directed by: David Yates.

Now, I consider myself a medium Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all the books, seen all the movies, even played some of the video games, but I don’t worship the series. I really enjoy the books and movies, but I’m not obsessed with them. I hadn’t thought much about the new movie until I finally saw a trailer for it, and once the trailer was over all I could think was “WOW, that was EPIC!” The trailer made me really pumped for the new film, and I was eager to see it, considering I’d heard positive things from people. Well, the movie definitely did not disappoint, but left me craving the next film. The movie focuses mainly only on Harry, Ron and Hermione as they attempt to hunt down and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, in an effort to finally kill the dark Lord Voldemort. Unlike the other films, where they may be overshadow by other characters, Ron and Hermione play very important roles, and the entire movie relies on these three. Their performances are great, as the movies have progressed, so has their acting skills, and you really feel for their characters. The acting from the rest of the cast is great too, and even though their characters aren’t on screen for as long as I’d have liked, they are believable and you like them.

The Good:

As I earlier mentioned the acting is great, and their is nobody who I felt needed to be cast differently. The directing is very well done as well. David Yates (director of HP5 and 6) really knows what he’s doing, and he seems very committed to making the movies as accurate as he can, and to keep the fans happy. Speaking of accuracy, this is probably the most accurate to the book Harry Potter yet. It seemed silly to split the final into two parts when I first heard about it, but I’m actually glad they did, because it allows them to stay true to the book and not leave anything out. The special effects are awesome, as usual, and nothing stands out as looking weird or unnatural, you just go with it, because it looks so good. The scenery is beautiful, and you really feel like you are on the journey with these characters. The emotions are also high, and because of the good acting it is really believable and dramatic. The action scenes are really well filmed and look great, and are intense and exciting, but sometimes they are few and far between. I also really enjoyed how they brought back older characters, and kept referencing the other films, so it felt like everything really was leading up to this. Not all questions are answered, but lets just say, by the end of this film, you won’t be able to wait for the next one.

The Bad:

I didn’t have too many flaws with this film, my biggest is the ending. It’s not that it was a bad ending, it just felt extremely unsatisfying. The entire film felt like it was building up to something, and the end does not deliver it. I know there’s another film ahead, but they still should have given the audience more. Also, I felt the movie dragged a little bit in the middle, when it’s just the three leads together in the forest or wherever they are, nothing really happens, and your waiting for some excitement, and it never really comes. The movie started really strong, then started to go slowly, then exciting, then just ends, leaving the audience wanting more. It just felt like the entire movie was leading up to something that was never delivered, but at the same time it raises the bar for the next film, and makes you excited and curious on how they will wrap everything up. Also, their are a lot of questions that need answers, but we can only hope they will be in Part 2. So, besides some slow moments, and sometimes stupidity from characters, and the movie ending abruptly, I have no flaws with the rest of the movie.

In Conclusion:

Despite some flaw which are forgivable, this was really a great film. It was exciting, dramatic, thrilling and sometimes scary. It’s great how the films have matured over the years, as these are no longer films for children, but then again, they never really were. This film is one of the best in my opinion, and I highly recommend it to anyone. You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy this, though I would suggest watching the previous 6 before hand. This film is a well acted, well directed piece of work, and is a must see.


  1. Ki says:

    kept working on that book kido and then you can really enjoy the film

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s