Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Dumbledore is dead. The wizarding world is on the brink of absolute despair. And Harry Potter *Radcliffe) and company have the fight of their lives on their hands. As the inevitable clash between The Boy Who Lived and his arch-nemesis, Vol… er… He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named draws nearer, Harry and his friends Hermione Granger (Watson) and Ron Weasley (Grint) undertake the monumental task of collecting all the remaining horcruxes that will finally bring about the end of the world’s worst wizard. Plus, the Ministry of Magic is corrupt, the Order of the Phoenix is being weeded out by Death Eaters, and Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) is still on the prowl, up to his usual tricks as the is-he-good?-is-he-bad? double agent. The seventh installment of the “Harry Potter” film franchise follows the timeline and story of the book of the same name, J.K. Rowling’s pride and joy. Nine years after the release of the first film and and 14 years after the first paperback copy of the “Potter” series, “..the Deathly Hallows” takes Potter maniacs on a wild ride through the streets of Muggle England, to Hogwarts, and beyond in preparation for the epic (yes, epic, in the correct sense of the word) conclusion – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” hits the silver screen in Salt Lake City, Utah, and across the globe this weekend. Admit it. You’re having a Potter marathon right now. We all know you are.
Why you won’t like it:
– Something must be wrong with you: You won’t like this movie if you don’t like Harry Potter. And if you don’t like Harry Potter, perhaps you have been living under a rock for the last two decades, which is a whole new problem, in and of itself.
– “I hated that ending!”: If you’re like the Salt Lake City DVD Examiner, you probably made the trek to the movie theater last summer and heard some crazed lunatic whining about how the movie ends. If you’re one of those people that were dissatisfied with the way this movie (or the sixth one, for that matter) ended, you should go read the books again. It’s not like they’re making these things up.
– Hide the kiddies: For fair warning, if you’re familiar with the books at all (which we’ve already established that you probably are), the final chapter (so to speak) of the series is the darkest and most violent of the books/films. This is not necessarily a “children’s movie” and includes intense wizarding violence and frightening images throughout, as well as one almost-completely-unnecessary scene of partial nudity… and seriously, that scene just went and ticked everybody right off.
Why you will like it:
– Bookworms: If you’re a fan of the “Potter” books, there’s a slight chance you’ve previously been disappointed with the movies in the past. If that’s unfortunately the case, you’re in luck – “Part 1” is easily the most action packed, intense, and best movie yet. Is your scar tingling yet? Obviously, the movies can’t include everything the books had, but this one follows the book pretty closely. With as packed as J.K. Rowling likes her books, perhaps splitting the films in two would have been a good idea like five years ago.
– Get your Potter on: You can’t avoid Harry Potter. Pottermania is everywhere – and everybody who is anybody knows at least something about the storyline, whether it’s a favorite character, a juvenile crush on a fictional female, a list of spells hidden in the back of your memory, or that dusty old costume that you only bust out once a year for the midnight showing. The Potter films have something for everyone: familiarity, humor, and an outstandingly creative plot. The seventh movie won’t disappoint and few, if any, will walk away disappointed.
– Advanced Wizarding Symbology 101: If a line inside a circle inside a triangle means anything to you, this is probably something you should take a good, hard look at.
With the imminent release of the final film, you know you want to be caught up so you’re up to speed when the lights are dimmed this weekend. If you’ve misplaced that magical hourglass that you’ve been using to manipulate time and don’t have time to watch every single film before this weekend, you should at least watch this one, as the story will be segued directly into the final film. Go ahead. Catch yourself up. Then you, like everyone else in the theater, can squeal like a freshly-branded pig as soon as you hear the first note in that all-too-familiar intro music. You may also be interested in: “Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince” (2009), “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007), “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005). Wands at the ready…
DVD bonus features:
– Audio in English, Spanish
– Subtitles in English, Spanish
– Five deleted scenes
Directed by: David Yates
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Running time: 146 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for “some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images, and some sensuality” (topless Harry on several occasions and bare-backed Hermione in two instances, some more crappily CGI-ed than others).
Costars Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Dobby the House Elf
DVD release date: April 15, 2011
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