Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows (Pt. 1)

If you’ve been following this movie series, you probably know you are going to see it, and probably know the plot, so I won’t get into that. Suffice to say we enjoyed it more than most of the critics did. After “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy of films, I was really flat-out astonished by the number of people grousing that it had no ending. Come ON people! What part of “Part 1” did they not get? Admittedly, Tolkien was a better writer than Rowling, and Peter Jackson arguably a better film maker than David Yates, but it is also true that Tolkien did break his story up into “books” with some obvious demarcation points that Jackson could roughly follow. The novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” has no such sections, but it must be said that the film ended with a combination of events that combine to make about the darkest point of the story, so we found the stopping place aesthetically pleasing, if not the cliffhanger modern audiences have become accustomed to.
This part of the story belongs to Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and the three principals get a lot of screen time and make good use of it. Consequently, the supporting characters share less action, but we know they are all going to be seen in the climactic battles to come, so there’s no reason to grouse because your favorite only had a few lines or a walk-on this time.

There were many very good things about the movie. Amazingly, given the already huge cast of characters, there were some nice additions to the crew, including Death Eaters Thickness and Yaxley (Guy Henry and Peter Mullan) as Voldemort’s cat’s-paws in the Ministry of Magic, and David O’Hara, Steffan Rhodri, and Sophie Thompson as the three Ministry employees whose identities are briefly stolen by Harry, Ron, and Hermione, respectively. O’Hara (playing Harry polyjuiced) walks like someone whose body is not his own. Rhodri shows some of Ron’s mannerisms nicely. Thompson as Hermione was not as successful, but perhaps her apparent nervousness was due to her prior bad experiences with the polyjuice potion--.

Other particularly nice touches: the council of Death Eaters, looking like a cross between a meeting of Mafia Dons and the Renaissance princes they fancy themselves as; the rambling Malfoy Manor, and Lovegood’s unlikely house; the updated CGI that makes Dobby and Kreacher more believable; and the very nice stylized animation of the “Deadly Hallows” story which was lovely and I can’t believe more people haven’t commented on it.

Coming up next: the big climax/final battle. We’ll be there.

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