Director: Peter Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Warwick Davis, Julie Walters, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, John Hurt, Robbie Coltrane, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson. 130 min. Rated PG-13. Fantasy/Action.
I finally caved in to the hype - and I'm glad I did. The Potter movies have had many ups and downs, but this was by far the best (after the recent Part 1, which was the worst). Reason: they've spared us all those sudden out-of-the-blue new story elements that neutralized the narrative steam, used components from older movies, and created an entertaining action movie sprinkled with eye-popping visual effects. Most importantly, it's focused on two characters: Potter, and Voldemort -without all those distracting sideshows. Movie comes full circle with an epilogue that brings the franchise to a beautiful end.