This review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ appears on KTKA-49.
To see how this film fits in with the rest of the series, read all the films ranked in order at Top 8 Harry Potter Movies.
It all ends this weekend as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” wraps up 10 years of J.K. Rowling’s enormously popular book adaptations.
After all of the slow and careful buildup of last year’s “Part 1,” however, this movie feels like the three films before “Deathly Hallows”: stuffed to the gills with too much plot to get through for a feature film.
People complained about the long epilogue of “The Return of the King,” but Peter Jackson wasn’t ending a two and a half hour movie, he was ending three of them. This goes even more so for the eight Potter movies, so it’s a shame that some of the most important final scenes in “Part 2” are rushed.
Director David Yates bungles key moments that have built-in dramatic weight from the book with ordinary staging and a breakneck pace. It’s been fun to see the Potter books visualized on the screen for the last 10 years–and to watch Daniel Radcliffe and his costars grow up onscreen, but it’s a shame that many of the movies—including this one, which is so key—have merely summarized the books rather than actually interpreting them.
It’s good to finally get a resolution—however underwhelming it is. But if Potter fans want to get the full experience, they’ll probably continue to return to the books.