Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Movie Review

17 11 2010

They FINALLY deal with the Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) & Hermione (Emma Watson) love triangle! Well, they couldn’t really dwell into anything too romantic in the earlier films because the three of them were just kids and dating wasn’t even in their vocabulary.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, we see this “love triangle” taken to its peak. Never mind the fact that The Dark Lord Voldemort has assembled his pale-faced army and is planning to kill Harry once and for all and then take over the world as we know it. The character relationships between the three leads was the best thing in HP7Part1.

This is an extremely intense film, and quite possibly the most intense of the series yet. The action scenes are all exciting and more scary than I expected. I love that there are action sequences in the human world, complete with cars exploding everywhere. Thankfully, you won’t get a Transformers moment where you cannot figure out which is the good guy and which is the bad guy. Generally, the Gothic-looking wizards are the evil ones (I think).

I also appreciated that the filmmakers did not waste time in Hogwarts or stage another Qudditch match. The Harry Potter films are already getting so repetitive with the same high school drama and broomstick football in every installment, but this time is something different and it’s a delightful breath of fresh air.

The special effects of HP7Part1 are top-notch throughout, although the CGI characters still look fake. This film boasts a mesmerising musical score that blends in well with the picture, and the impressive sound mixing added more punch to the fight scenes. The locations here are all visually stunning, and features some beautiful landscapes.

David Yates is certainly a brilliant director and his style gives the Harry Potter franchise a suitably eerie and dark tone. The pacing of the film is steady, and you don’t really need to watch the previous Harry Potters to get into this one. Some people are worried that they will be given a cliffhanger ending, but I personally thought that this film had a solid conclusion and I was satisfied.

Don’t fancy the Harry Potter? You may be surprised. HP7Part1 has plenty of riveting character stories for non-fans, or for people who still don’t get what the whole Harry Potter saga is about (like moi). Don’t wait for Part 2 and watch both parts together. Go for Part 1 on its own and then look forward to Part 2.

Also check out my post on Harry Potter Years 1 – 6 here:

https://iamipodman.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/harry-potter-years-1-6/

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2 responses

9 07 2011
secretriddle

Dude, it makes me so happy to see that you liked Deathly Hallows Part 1. It seems like you really got what Yates and co. were trying to do here. I like the other ones as well, but for me..this one, Half Blood Prince, and Azkaban are the standouts..

10 07 2011
Ipodman

Even I’m surprised that I like Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Didn’t really like Half Blood Prince, but I like the ending of Prisoner of Azkaban.

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