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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

November 20, 2010

With Harry Potter’s 7 movies to date, reviews are always hit or miss. Sometimes it depends on who read the book or who did not read the book. But one thing is for sure, the cast are growing up.

I love how the feel of the movie evolves. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have this childlike feel that emerses you to the great make believe world of Hogwarts. Then it gets darker and darker,  at the same time.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was able to infuse the best elements of the earlier movies. The most loyal to the book of all the films, the new characters in the book captivated the audience.

 

Cinematography

The production team of Harry Potter always exceeds expectations when it comes to cinematography. The look and feel of the movie is consistently stellar in my book. Their attention to detail as well as the colors used blends well to the mood depicted in different sequences of the story.

Cast

Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange is a scene-stealer as always, but Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint improved dramatically acting-wise. I can still remember Emma Watson’s diarrhea-infested acting back in the Prisoner of Azkaban. But now, she is controlled, and was able to infuse the right emotion in every line being thrown. This also means that I am getting old (?) teehee.

Rhys Ifans as Xenophilius Lovegood is quite a surprise since I can still clearly remember him from Notting Hill. In my past analysis of the Harry Potter films, I say that the supporting cast are better than the lead. But now there is an equal contribution from both groups for this film.

Conclusion

Good or bad, I’m sure that everyone will watch this film. But for someone who read the book, this film truly does not disappoint. See it for yourself!

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