DANIEL RADCLIFFE   EMMA WATSON   RUPERT GRINT

Harry Potter

AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS part 1


   Warner Brother's decision to split up the final book into two theatrical films makes complete sense and I doubt the fans care that much, because it just means more Potter excitement and fun. The Deathly Hallows part one, however, suffers what I like to call “Two Towers syndrome”. While it’s the 7th movie, it feels like the middle movie because the previous and superior ‘Half Blood Prince’ set up the events for this film, and of course everything will come to a groundbreaking conclusion in May with the final installment. The Deathly Hallows is a good, frightful, and insightful film that offers more darkness (which is good), more death (which makes it more real) and more danger (which is thrilling).

     With Harry (Radcliffe), Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint) now away from Hogwarts and on their own to find and destroy the remaining horcruxes to weaken the ever powerful Voldemort (Ralph Fienness), they face more danger than ever before. They no longer have their friends and family to watch over them, so its kill or be killed. The Ministry of Magic has been destroyed and overtaken; no familiar place is safe for the friends, so they hide out in the cold woods using sneaky tricks to get in and out of certain establishments on their quest.

      ‘Half Blood Prince’ director David Yates returns to finish out the series and makes this the darkest and most horrific of the Potter films yet. I think the darker mood is exactly where we wanted these films to be all along.  It’s worth pointing out that there is only one single semi-happy moment in the film while everything is destructive and ominous. If anyone truly shines above everyone else in this segment it's Watson, who has become her own little sex symbol and the power player of the film. The film asks more questions than it answers, but that is to be expected while setting up the final film, which promises nothing short of fantasia for this nearly decade long cinematic series.

     The Deathly Hallows just can’t match the breathtaking sequences and emotional investment Yates captured with The Half Blood Prince; that doesn’t mean this is a bad film, but the emotional arc just isn’t present here, even with the very high profile death at the end of the film. I hope this film is released on DVD and Bluray attached and edited together with part 2 as one film, because that will strengthen this segment. I also noticed a lack in the use of compelling musical score which always enriches the Potter films. It’s still lots of fun and better than some of the other earlier films.

Final Thought – Suffers from being a bridge between the previous film and the last one, still a good film.


Grade B+

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Michael B. Woody