RELEASED 2011 RUNTIME 130 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION DAVID YATES SCREENPLAY STEVE KLOVES STARRING DANIEL RADCLIFFE, RUPERT GRINT, EMMA WATSON, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, ROBBIE COLTRANE, WARWICK DAVIS, RALPH FIENNES, MICHAEL GAMBON, BRENDAN GLEESON, RICHARD GRIFFITHS, JOHN HURT, JASON ISAACS, ALAN RICKMAN, FIONA SHAW, IMELDA STAUNTON, TIMOTHY SPALL, DAVID THEWLIS, JULIE WALTERS MUSIC ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the 2nd part of the last chapter and at the same time the epic conclusion of the Harry Potter saga. Fuck yes!
After destroying another Hocrux (yeah, it took an entire movie to do so) there is only three left. But Harry and his friends have to hurry because Voldemort has assembled a dark army and moves in closer on Hogwarts with every minute.
Man, has this been a long journey. We finally get to see how everything ends. And it ends with a bang!
It’s not a very complex or twisted movie, nor does it try to be. Its job is to conclude the story around Harry, his friends and Voldemort in the most satidfying way.
I’m not gonna lie, it has a certain Lord Of The Rings feel to it. Not only because of the tone and the fantasy aspect, but the final battle could be taken out of The Two Towers. Not spoiling much, but wait for it.
Actually, now I think about it, the battle is very much different in nature than you may think. It’s not like two army’s going at each other until there is only one man left standing. It’s a little bit more clever than that, which I very much appreciate. To be honest, I was surprised because I expected it to play out differently than it did. Every time a movie can surprise me, that’s a good thing.
The drama is being upped once more. We have got to know and embrace a lot of characters on this long journey, and at this point it is certain that not everyone will make it out of this movie alive (unless you are Marvel Studios). I applaud the J.K. Rowling and the movie makers for having the balls for such thing.
Even though the story is fairly simple, there is still some nice twists along the way. Particularly one really almost blew my head off. It’s nice to see that with all the epic fighting there is still some room left for unexpected plot points.
I struggle a little bit with this review because I don’t want to spoil anything. It wraps everything up after all and answers all remaining questions.
From a tonal and cinematographic point of view it basically feels the same as Deathly Hallows Part 1. They were shot simultaneously and one can’t live without the other.
There is no new character introductions and we stick to what we got. And the characters we got go all out. As mentioned, some don’t make it, others grow up (psychologically), even others redeem themselves. It makes you feel kind of weird to see it all come to an end. This series has been a phenomenon and seeing the last few sequences taking place in front of you makes you very sentimental.
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Speaking of the end. The final scene is a little shorter than expected, or maybe I’m just used to the multiple endings in Return Of The King (Lord Of The Rings). So, maybe it’s not really a fault of this movie specifically. But I love the final sequence nevertheless.
I feel like I haven’t given you much substance in this review. I really struggle with it. So, to conclude I’m simply gonna say that this is the finale you have been looking for. You get a lot of action, a lot of Voldemort, fantastic visual effects and nice character moments from bunch of side characters.
Harry Potter has been a long journey and it made me a fan from the first movie on. It grew up with each instalment, just like its characters and the viewers of the films. With each film the tone kept going darker and more mature. It is really a one of a kind story and therefore I highly recommend not only this single one, but the entire freakin series.
I have been a fool for waiting so long until I finally sat down and watched all of it. Don’t be as foolish as me. Take my word and watch these films. I don’t think there has ever been a series that has been as consistent in quality and as playful with its mythology as this.