Thursday, June 2, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Director: David Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Julie Walters, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Imelda Staunton, Warwick Davis. 146 min. Rated PG-13. UK/USA. Fantasy.

Long, dark, and boring. A huge setback from the attractive peak Harry Potter had reached in The Half-Blood Prince. No wonder there's so much room for fast-forwarding: the studio is milking as much revenue possible from a well-established franchise, by expanding the last episode into Part 1 and Part 2. Too many weird-named characters, and recruitment of too many magical tricks from prior movies at the spur of the moment for narrative convenience, makes following a coherent story nearly impossible. Other than beautiful cinemtography (and an enchanting short animated segment), there's no motivation here to wait for the final half-chapter.

Mo says:


  1. I gave up after the 1st movie which I thought was dire. Maybe I should give the rest a go but just maybe.
    I agree that it is wrong to draaaaag out the series with two movies where one would suffice. How long before ther is an animated series and maybe a TV spin off? J.K Rowling claims she will never write another. I would be willing to bet in 10-15 years time she will. Fame is addictive.

  2. You didn't miss much by leaving the series after the first movie. If you want to give the rest a try, I would say only "Goblet of Fire" and "The Half-Blood Prince" were interesting - but again, there's no way you can be selective when talking about a multi-chapter story. It's not like James Bond or Indiana Jones where watching only one movie of the series will still keep you in touch.

    Fame is addictive ... and so is the money!

  3. I would wait until they come on TV but there is no reception where I live, I can probably borrow them from one of my nephews who are bound to have them.