Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is as satisfying a final chapter as one might expect.
I think it’s interesting that I’m writing a review of the newest, and last, Harry Potter movie. I only read the first book, and half of the second. Somehow, I just didn’t get into them. The books didn’t engage me as much as I thought they would. So, I decided to just go see the movies. I’ve felt pretty much the way most people felt about those. I enjoyed the first one, but each film got better than the one previous. Supposedly that books are the same way. Maybe I didn’t give them enough of a chance. It’s certainly not that I don’t read, or have too short an attention span. I love reading. People should do more of it. Yes, really. Don’t think I’ve missed the irony of someone promoting reading on a film review site. It’s the people that NEVER read and ONLY watch films you have to watch out for, right?
Now, all that being said, I have enjoyed the films. I love the progressively darker tone as we get closer to the end. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is as satisfying a final chapter as one might expect. It really felt like a second half of a book, too. I almost felt like I should have watched part 1 before this so I could refresh my memory a bit. But it’s definitely a more serious Harry Potter film and the dark, somber tone makes the proper mood.
If you don’t know what’s going on in this film, then maybe you should read the books or at least see the film before this one. Seriously, if this is the first Harry Potter movie you’ve seen, you’re doing it wrong. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are continuing their search for all the Horcruxes so they can destroy them and kill Voldemort. Ok, there, now you don’t need to see the one before this. Yes, that was sarcasm.
Everything sure looks great. You won’t complain about effects or any of that. And indeed, everyone knows their jobs and characters so well that you won’t complain about the acting, either. And speaking of the actors, you’ll see many previous characters in this final installment of the series, which I suppose is appropriate. Bellatrix Lestrange, Rubeus Hagrid, Professor Dumbledore, Ollivander, Lucius Malfoy, Sirius Black, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin and even Prof. Minerva McGonagall all make appearances here in some form or another. It’s a little bit of screen tim efor a lot of actors.
There’s definitely an emphasis on the villains in this film. Certainly Harry, Hermione and Ron are all great, they play their parts. But they just do what’s required of them. It’s really all about Ralph Fiennes playing Voldemort. One can only imagine how much fun he had with this role. Except for having no nose.
There is a lot of wrapping things up in Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Many loose ends are tied up and mysteries are solved. There are definitely some secrets revealed as well. There were a couple of “wow” moments for me. I like that in particular – it was a pleasant surprise. This is because I actually have a problem with this film, albeit perhaps a small one.
I can’t get over the feeling that the resolution was a little bit of a let down. The build-up and tension about a confrontation between Harry And Voldemort was so immense to me. I was really expecting more than we got. It just seemed a little anti-climactic. Hey, don’t get me wrong, it was a really good film, but it seemed like there should have been more to it. I don’t know, this may have been simply because I didn’t read the books, so it may be perfect for those who already know how it plays out. As I think about it now, perhaps because it was such a slow burn of a build-up it didn’t have the impact it normally would. Either way, that’s how it went down for me.
However, the very end is really good, and despite the fact that J.K. Rowling has said there won’t be any more Harry Potter books, the film definitely leaves the possibility for continuing the story. Not that I would be into that, because frankly, there’s a part of me that is kinda happy we’re done with the whole Harry Potter thing. Isn’t ten years and eight films enough? Yes. Yes is the answer you were looking for. Even for you Beatles-esque Harry fans, it has been enough. Right? Why are you looking at me with Crazy Eyes? Ok, fine! Go keep Harry Potter alive by writing your own weird fan fiction for the rest of your life. As long as I don’t have to read it, we won’t have any problems.
Ok, so Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is an obvious must see. If you’re a fan of the books, you’ll see it because you HAVE to. It’s the LAW. And if you’re like me, you want to see how the Hell it all ends because you’ve been waiting 10 years. Either way, though, I think you’ll be satisfied. I’m going with four kittenhands, even with my minor reservations about it. It’s still really good.
~ Neil T. Weakley, you’re average movie-goer, randomly wondering why Hagrid seemed so much taller than usual in this.