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BY morgana1972 superstar
I Have never read the Books.... but I've seen ALL the Movies & it all had to end someday.
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BY Abe213 grader
I loved Pt. 1 of the Deathly Hallows films.
However this film, whilst displaying incredible cinematography, good CGI and adequate acting did not resonate as much as the first. The action sequence and 'large-scale' battles at Hogwarts felt cheap and light, as if the characters were made of paper. The battle abstained from a sense of weight that would help distinguish its scale.
Disappointed but it certainly isn't a bad film.
BY AltJacobunny wannabe
You could be forgiven for thinking that this HP7 Pt2 is like a film long climax. The fact that it is the last half of the last film of such an epic saga makes this both inevitable and... More forgivable. Seen in context of being a Pt2 it makes perfect sense. Whereas Pt1 was filled with long periods of frustrated impotence in the face of seemingly impossible odds Pt2 is a rollercoaster ride of action, danger racing towards the final showdown. The compression of the story is handled smartly, not taking too much away from avid readers whilst making it viable piece of cinema and the acting, on the whole, is towards the better end of performances from our leading trio.
My one point of confusion was how Yates chose to stage the final showdown between Harry & Voldemort but this is minor personal gripe in the face of a well-made and hugely entertaining fantasy spectacle. Anyone who has followed the series should be pretty damn happy with the finale.Hide
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BY Polygurl lister
Gone is the nerdy Harry Potter who used to border on annoying in past movies, and I found myself admiring his bravery/cheering him on and the... More others on his side in this one.
Recommend it to others, an enjoyable watch.Hide
BY clararar superstar
The highlight for me was probably the cathartic pensieve scene - kudos to Alan Rickman for his incredible performance. Of course, even though we all knew it was coming, half the audience groaned... More when the epilogue sequence was introduced. But given the applause at the end (rare for movies these days), it's safe to say everyone got what they came for. I would really like to give this a 4 1/2 not 4 stars, but it's not quite 5 stars either, as would befit a standalone cinematic masterpiece. Harry Potter 8 is anything but standalone, but that's really what sets it apart and makes it wonderful.
Overall, it really is a must-see for anyone who's read the books or seen the other films - but you didn't need me to tell you that, did you? For anyone else not already familiar with the story - go read the books or watch the other films first to really understand what's going on, otherwise don't bother!Hide
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BY Jordan superstar
The film picks up directly where the first installment of the Deathly Hallows left us as Voldemort begins his journey to kill the one thing that stands in the way of his new world order, and that is Harry Potter.
The pacing for the first half of the film is relentless as we follow the 3 heroes on their quest... More to stop "He Who Must Not Be Named". It is engaging and thrilling, yet when the story backs off to let us in on certain plot points it is staggering like you've just jumped into a cold bath after a hot shower.
Though, once this speed resumes with a fantastic improvement to the final battle sequence that almost felt like it was a non-event in the book, we end up in a state of levity at it's conclusion.
Everyone is on display acting wise in this film, and it's marvelous to see how far our 3 heroes have come with their character still intact yet with newfound wisdom found over the 7 years we have joined them (story wise).
Daniel Radcliffe plays the consistently on form Harry Potter alongside Ralph Fiennes amazing embodiment of the antagonist, while Emma Watson and Rupert Grint provide the humour and smarts that help alleviate some of the darker moments of the film.
Maggie Smith with such little screentime, dominates again with her brilliant portrayal of the always caring Professor McGonagall, stealing a scene with a particular charming little spell and Michael Gambon continues his great portrayal of that of Professor Dumbledore.
Yet, much like the books, it has always been one character in the background that ties it all together outside of the viewers eye, and that is Severus Snape portrayed as if he were truly that person by Alan Rickman. Without the emotional tether created in this installment, the story would fall apart, but Rickman brings it all to the table, providing the gravity needed to sell us on all that has passed.
After 10 years and 7 films prior, it is a grand feat to provide a film that closes off the saga on par with those before.
This is not a perfect film by any means, but it is one that finishes the tale of the Boy Who Lived in a way he deserves, reminding us why we all fell in love with the tale originally.
And it will be told (or viewed) by many more, over years to come.Hide