Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
The Tale Of The Boy Who Lived Comes To A Magical EndAs a fan of the books and the films that have sprung from them, it is bittersweet to see that after a decade of huge success at the box office, the tale of Harry Potter comes to an end.
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 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.