Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
A faithful rendition that won't disappointI've had my ups and downs with the Harry Potter series, but for those who grew up with the books and later the movies, this is really a fitting end for the adventures of Harry Potter. It's hard for anyone not to admire JK Rowling's vision, and how everything comes together so satisfyingly in the end.
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 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!