Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Drama
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Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is on the run from Lord Voldemort  (Ralph Fiennes) who has sworn to kill him.  While running for his life, Harry has been tasked by Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) to try to destroy the seven horcrux’ or pieces of Voldemort’s soul.  Harry, Ron Weasley )Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)  first think the horcrux is with Mondungus Fletcher (Andy Linden) a thief who betrayed Harry earlier, but they find it on a locket worn by Delores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) who is now a bigwig in the suddenly evil ministry of magic.  They take the horcrux from Umbridge, but try as they might, they can’t destroy the horcrux, for that they need the sword of Gryffindor, which Harry originally used to kill a basilisk, a large venomous snake, the venom will also kill the horcrux.  Just wearing Voldemort’s horcrux is causing tensions to rise between Ron, Harry and Hermione.   Ron finally leaves his friends in a jealous rage, he is convinced that Harry and Hermione are in love with each other .  Harry finally finds the sword in the forest of Dean at the bottom of a frozen lake.  He is almost drowned by the horcux and is saved by none other than Ron, who comes back retrieves the sword and kills the horcrux.

Hermione is intrigued by the symbol that keeps turning up, on the book given to her by Dumbledore, on a chain worn by Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifans) and on Harry’s parents’ gravestones.  Mr. Lovegood recounts the story of the three brothers, magicians who all wanted to cheat death.  The symbol is the symbol of the deathly hallows.  What is the symbol of the deathly hallows?  And why does Vodemort want one of its elements so desperately?  Harry is once again on the run, this time to find the elements that make up the deathly hallows before Voldemort.

This is a very good film.  This almost feels like an epic novel, like the Iliad or the Odyssey or the Quest for the Holy Grail, finally the youthful main characters seem all grown up and larger than life, fighting an epic battle of good versus evil.  Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson are excellent in their ever more complex roles, only Rupert Grint seems whiny and unsure of himself.  Ralph Fiennes is incredibly menacing as Voldemort, every good series like this needs a villain, and Fiennes is surely the embodiment of evil.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two Harry Potter movies, perhaps because of the work of Fiennes, but also because I like the good versus evil theme when it’s done well, and I could tell by the end of the Half Blood Prince, that this would shape up as an epic story, and so far it has.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows:  Give em hell Harry.

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