“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Fantasy / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: David Yates / Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter ... / DVD released 2011-12-02 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" is the 8th movie in the enormously successful Harry Potter movie series and the second part of the conclusion to the franchise, it is directed by David Yates and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Ralph Fiennes.
Set directly after the previous movie ended, Harry Potter ( Daniel Radcliffe ) has just buried the house elf Dobby who saved their lives, along with his friends Ron Weasley ( Rupert Grint ) and Hermione Granger ( Emma Watson ) they find themselves in a remote cabin on a secluded part of the English Coastline, Harry soon realises their mission to find the remaining Horcruxes ( the separated parts of Lord Voldemorts soul ) must continue and they must destroy them to destroy Voldemort ( Ralph Fiennes )
After persuading the Goblin "Griphook" to sneak them into Gringotts to find the next Horcrux they find themselves once again facing off against evil death-eaters, including the new headmaster of Hogwarts, Professor Snape ( Alan Rickman ), however soon enough Harry returns to his school and a plan is formed to finish the war once and for all, and an epic conclusion awaits.
I've written previous reviews on the Harry Potter film series and it seems that every movie I watched I liked more and more, until around halfway through the franchise the series seemed to deviate from the children oriented theme of the first couple into the movie we see here, a dark and very adult based action / fantasy movie that I'm sure will leave some children hiding behind their couch, and while there are indeed some few elements that will still appeal to kids, the movie is clearly marketed towards adults at this point, and to its benefit.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is such a fitting end to the franchise, I know when it was first announced that the final installment would be broken up into two parts people cried foul and accused the studio of using it to make more money, and while there is no doubt that it was a highly profitable move, I think they did the right thing, as anyone who has read the last book in the series knows that there would be no way they could fit all that into one movie, unless the movie was 5 hours long, and so they split it up into two movies and both installments are better for it.
We see some incredible cinematography here with dark shots when necessary and some lighter shots to break it up, the acting is first rate from all involved and when you see the performances of the young lead actors in particular you can see how they have matured into fine thespians, especially if you pop in the first movie and see how terrible an actor Daniel Radcliffe was.
Everything just comes together to form what I think is pretty close to the perfect movie, we have some of the most epic scenes you'll see in a movie, and certainly the battle scenes in Hogwarts live up to the scenes I played out in my head while reading them in the book, special effects at this point are at a level where the whole thing looks believable and you can imagine you're right there in the school battling with them.
I really don't have a bad word to say about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, for me its the perfect movie and a worthy way to finish out one of my favourite movie franchises of all time, if you're a fan of the books then this is obviously a must see movie, if you're not but have watched the movies then this is still a must see movie, and if for some reason you have returned to the planet earth after a 10 year absence and haven't seen a Harry Potter movie before, then this is also must see....but you must watch the previous 7 movies as a requirement !!
So the eagerly anticipated conclusion to the Harry Potter adventure is finally here with the Deathly Hallows Part 2. To many people of my generation we have grown up with Harry Potter being an important part of our late childhood and adolescence so it was important that the final film lived up to the excellence of the books. To all you hardcore Potter fans out there, in my opinion this film certainly disappoint!
The second part of the last book Deathly Hallows 2 sees Harry, Ron and Hermione battle to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. They know that with each Horcrux they destroy Lord Voldermort becomes ever close to being defeated. This task appears impossible with Lord Voldermort in the possession of the elder wand as well as an army of Death Eaters all striving to capture the famous Harry Potter. We are enlightened to an interesting twist as the films develops with the fate of Harry and Lord Voldermort dependent on each other, but who would come out on top good or evil?
After some disappointment with a few of the previous films this one certainly restored the faith amongst Potter fans of the expected action filled, dramatic and magical scenes. The use of special effects and breathtaking scenery showed that no expense was spared when making this film. I will argue that the ending was in fact brilliant, although many have stated that it was a complete let down. It was an extremely difficult part of the story line to replicate in film, the make up and dress of the older versions of Harry, Ron and Herminone were realistic. The final scene gave a sense of victory, relief and showed the true magical wizarding world in its entirety.
The battle scene showed how the makers could produce a brilliant action set, sticking as close as possible to the story line of the book, the enthralling scene had me on the edge of my seat (despite me knowing what happened). The only criticism was that I felt the film didn't produce the emotion that I was expecting from the deaths of Lupin, Tonks and Fred. The books gave a heartbreaking feeling, whereas I felt the film didn't allocate enough time on these important aspects of the book and thus the effect was only satisfactory.
To those who have read the books and watched the previous films it is a must watch and although many have different opinions of the film the general consensus was that it was a decent effort at depicting the sheer brilliance of the books. Those who have little knowledge of the Potter series will find the last film and many of the other films rather confusing, however they will gain a better feeling of shock and surprise.
I personally love the film and it is certainly one of my favorite Potter films even after only watching it twice. It would prove a brilliant Christmas present and can be enjoyed by all the family, definitely a worthwhile purchase.
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have been so for long before the media hype, which really took off after the 3rd book. Whilst I enjoy the books much more I am also a fan of the films. It has become somewhat of a family tradition to go and watch each film together with my sisters within days or in some cases hours of release. With the final film fast approaching I felt a mixture of excitement and sadness at the franchise coming to an end. We booked to see the finale on opening night on the huge sky screen at the O2. My thoughts on the film are in the rest of the review.
The film, as the title suggests, is part two of the 7th and final book. Part one was released late last year and this film picks up literally where the last one left off. There is little in the way of a recap, so if you've not seen the previous instalment or read the books, I'm sure you'll find the film completely mystifying. In some ways I think it would have been nice for there to be a brief summary of the previous film in the opening credits to ease viewers into it. Even though I'd seen the part one it was several months ago and I did need to take a moment to remind myself what had happened previously.
In Part One, Harry, Ron and Hermione are chasing horcruxes - objects in which the dark wizard Voldermort has hidden pieces of his soul. There are seven such horcruxes and the trio still have to find and destroy 3. In addition, mysterious clues left by Dumbledore, the late headmaster of Hogwarts, suggest that in addition to these horcruxes they should be searching for the Deathly Hallows - three object which will allow the person who owns them to be the master of death. These are something I'm sure would be extremely useful to have when you have a powerful wizard intent on killing you! It soon becomes a race against time as Voldermort realises what the trio are up to and seeks to protect the remaining horcruxes as well as unite the hallows.
In this film the search for the horcruxes leads Harry, Ron and Hermionie to Gringotts, the wizarding bank in London. The trio face their most daring challenge yet - to break into the Lestranges vault and find the horcrux hidden there! This would be highly dangerous at the best of times but with a bounty on their heads and every dark wizard on the hunt for them it seems like utter madness. Out comes the trusted polyjuice potion again and Hermionie is transformed into the deliciously evil Bellatrix Lestrange. This was actually one of my favourite parts of the film. Helena Bonham Carter who plays Bellatrix did an amazing job of capturing Hermionie's mannerisms and nervousness as they enter the bank. Her jaw was stuck out and her walk awkward and despite seeing Bellatrix on the screen you couldn't help but feel you were watching Hermione. Despite the tenseness of the situation this scene certainly brought some light comic relief.
Another favourite bit for me soon followed when they actually enter the vault and find that an enchantment has been placed on the contents so that when they touch something it multiplies. The trio soon find themselves drowning in gold coins and goblets as they race to find the horcrux and leave the bank. This scene was visually amazing and it must have taken quite a long time to film and get it right. The whole breaking into Gringotts adventure was done really well in my opinion and despite knowing what was going to happen I was still at the edge of my seat as I watched.
The search eventually takes them back to Hogwarts for the epic finale. The fate of the entire world, wizarding and muggle, rests on the result of the final battle between Harry and his nemesis. I'm sure most people have read the book and will know what happens but for those that haven't or who have yet to watch the film I shall leave that to you to find out. I will say though that the battle scenes were really well done - they were fast paced and nicely co-ordinated but it was a little sad to see places and buildings that we'd seen in the movies for the last 10 years being destroyed by the battles.
One niggle for me was that, perhaps due to the fast-paced nature of the final scenes, I felt that the emotions associated with them were not captured. This is full out war and inevitably some of our favourite characters do die. The last couple of chapters in the book always make me well up when reading them no matter how many times I have read the books yet when the same scenes were transferred onto the screen I didn't feel anything, even when key characters passed away. Having said that I did hear a few sniffles in the audience when some of the events were being played out - perhaps I need to watch it again!
The film itself was very concise and was the shortest of all the Potter movies coming in at just over two hours long. This was good because it kept all the action and tension concentrated but I thought in some ways it may have been a missed opportunity to tie up some of the loose ends from the back-story that were omitted in previous films such as the relationship of Dumbledore and his brother Aberforth. The scene at Kings Cross at the end was also a little disappointing - I didn't think the "moral" of the story and the reason for the final outcome was properly explained.
One character that has always divided opinion is Professor Snape who has proved to be a bit of an enigma. Slimy and swarmy he has always disliked Harry but some of his actions seemed to indicate otherwise. Even whilst reading the books I'd have arguments with friends and relatives over whether he was really a good guy or not. This is a testament to how well he was written and also to the excellent acting of Alan Rickman who also kept the mystery up. This puzzle was nicely resolved in the final film and I think Alan Rickman did an amazing job over the series playing Snape.
During the last few books and films it was clear that Ron and Hermionie's friendship was becoming something more and the final instalment had their much-anticipated first kiss. This took place in the heart of battle but for me the performance was unconvincing. The kiss was rushed and again didn't capture the emotion associated with the situation. Perhaps this was due to the fast paced battle scenes going on around them but I think this should have been slowed down for a couple of minutes to allow the focus to be placed on Ron and Hermionie.
The final instalment also brought back many of the actors from previous films and it was nice to see some brief cameos. The acting in this film was top class and any previous complaints of the young trio not being able to act I think have now been dispelled. Daniel, Emma and Rupert have grown into their characters, improving with each movie and in this final instalment their performances were excellent. We shouldn't forget some of the other excellent actors in the films though including Alan Rickman whom I've already mentioned but also Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Ralph Fiennes.
Although I have been quite critical in places I really did enjoy the film and it is probably my favourite out of the entire franchise. As the credits rolled it was a little sad to think that there would be no more books or films to look forward to. As my sister, who is 10 years younger than me put it - it's like the end of my childhood. It certainly is the end of an era!
Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the concluding part of the Harry Potter franchise and brings everything to a tidy close. The final battle between He Who Will Not Be Named and The Boy Who Didn't Die is finally here but after much hype and anticipation, was it all worth the wait....?
The answer is of course yes. Far superior to its lameable predecessor, DH2 carries on in the days immediately after the last film with Voldemort unleashing his full might against Hogwarts with only the motley band of familiar students, whom we have seen growing up over the years, left to defend its hallow halls. Potter, Hermione and Ron continue to track down Horcrux, knowing that the destruction of each weakens the power of the evil one and leaves him vulnerable to attack but at the same time leave their friends open to attack. Eventually, Harry learns the true nature of The Deathly Hallows and comes to understand how the Fates of the young wizard and his nemesis are entwined but is it all too late?
With its stunning special effects, its beautiful sets and all the action, tension and suspense that Potter fans have come to expect from the series DH2 is a fitting conclusion to a much-loved story. If there is one complaint, it is that the ending is both predictable and a bit trite with many of the audience I was at the cinema with leaving with comments like "well, is that it?" and "after all that, is that how it ends...really?!?" But fans of the books will be disappointed only in the fact that they already know what is coming.
Personally, I rather liked it though I don't think it was the best of the series by a longshot and I almost felt as though I had to see it to bring everything to a satisfying climax. Together with Mrs.Sparky, I have now seen them all at the cinema so almost felt as though I had no choice but to go and see it. And that is part of the reason why this film will do so well at the Box Office. If you have come this far, then you really need to see it come full circle!
I think I should also add that this was my first experience of watching a film in the new 3D. Is it worth it in 3D? Probably not. As a first experience, I have to admit I wasn't blown away and though it was good, it is not until right at the very end that I felt the 3D was put into great force. Before then, I could have watched it in good old fashioned 2D and not felt as though I was missing out! My opinion is the same as many of my friends, if a film is supposed to be shown in 3D, then it should all be shot in 3D so that you get your moneys worth. Only having a few stand-out scenes in 3D almost make me begrudge payng the extra money and it was only because a) this was a special occasion and b) it was only being shown in my local cinema in 3D at the time I wanted to go that I paid the extra to see it in all its glory. My advice ~ if you are going to see this, save your pennies and go 2D instead!
Overall, this was good and about what you expect but nothing that will leave you gasping. It is what it is ~ the end of a long-running series and in that respect, there are very few surprises. But then if you have read the books then that has been the case all along! I certainly enjoyed it but don't feel as though I would ever need to see it again.....