Here’s my video review of the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ from KTKA-49.
With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” we’re now seven movies and 10 years into the enormously popular film series about the boy wizard. But as J.K. Rowling’s books have progressed, so have their page counts. This meant more and more things had to be left out of the movies so the filmmakers could turn in movies that weren’t egregiously long.
As a moviegoer, I’ll be honest: It’s been kind of alienating. In the last couple movies, characters have done inexplicable things and plot points seem to happen for no other reason than, well—they have to. Because that’s what the book says.
I’m happy to report that the decision to split “Deathly Hallows” into two movies couldn’t have paid off more. Director David Yates has the time to spend with Harry, Ron, and Hermione that’s he hasn’t had lately and the movie is 100 percent better for it. The characters have time to breathe—or in the specific case of this movie—they have a lot of time to reflect on the dire nature of their situation and how strong their friendship is.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. As Voldemort’s Death Eaters consolidate power, our heroes go on an extended “Lord of the Rings”-style quest to destroy actual pieces of his soul—pieces that could be scattered anywhere.
This is the first to be freed completely—finally—from the confines of Hogwarts. Because the trio is outside of that safety net, it’s also scariest movie yet in the series. Characters make life-altering decisions, some lose their lives, and there are shades of the Third Reich as the Ministry of Magic starts rounding up those who aren’t purebloods.
In short, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is the second-best in the series next to “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” even though it doesn’t really have an ending.