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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 review - As boring as that title is long...

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 2010Steve KlovesDavid YatesAlan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Helena Bohnam Carter,Simon McBurneyJ.K. Rowling Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1(2010)
 

Our little wizards are all grownzed up and they’re all grownzed up. In the first half of the final two films we get the “we’re working towards it” part of the film. Much like Kevin Smith’s “Clerks 2” retelling of what “Lord of the Rings” was like. We get a lot of walking and a lot of talking. Blah, blah, blah. Walk, walk, walk. The movie bored this reviewer to some extent. It wasn’t total “shoot me in the face” boredom, but there was a effort in resisting to check the time at least twice and the seat was leapt from to get out of dodge when the movie was over.

The biggest issue this movie has is the same issue that “Half-blood Prince” had. David Yates. The series could have used a director with some vision and a lot more talent. Yates can manage to get the movie from point A to snooze, but in the end it feels flat and lackluster. We’re sure the next film will be more exciting, but when you are knocking off a bunch of characters and no one cares there’s an issue. Let’s not forget that his way of shooting action is waiting until someone has an epileptic attack on-set and hand him or her the camera.

Another factor that makes this movie bore, beside Yates and that it’s just half a story, is that it’s incredibly obvious that no matter what Mr. Harry Potter will win. He won’t make it because he’s smart, or talented, or because he applies what he’s learned. He will win because every damn time things get just a tad out of control someone leaps out of the woods to save his ass, both figurative and literal. The threat that the character just might fail is what keeps people interested, but when it’s so blatantly obvious that he can’t loose this member of the audience wants to walk and watch something better… or nothing at all.

The now much more mature lead cast has shown that they are a talented bunch and if they can shake the characters they’ve been seen as for the better part of a decade they might just have a good career ahead. Ralph Fiennes, as Voldemort, kicks all sorts of ass. The guy is a great talent and having him involved as the serpentine villain is a real treat to watch. Alan Rickman oozes cool as Snape, but sadly isn’t very involved in this half of the story. The best performance in the film has to go to the animators, motion capture artists and Simon McBurney, the voice actor of Kreacher.

All in all this review won’t stop anyone from watching the movie if they’ve seen the rest of the films, but be prepared for the second to last weakest film in the series.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

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Credits:
Directed by: David Yates
Written by: Steve Kloves
Based on work(s) by: J.K. Rowling
Cast: Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Helena Bohnam Carter, Simon McBurney


Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 12:35pm

It's a sacrifice I make, so you don't have to.

John Rojas on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 7:22am

You've seen all the films, right? Man, that's rough.

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