Saturday, November 20, 2010


Whenever a Harry Potter book is converted into a movie (the name is enough to cast the magical spell on you even if you’ve not read any of Potter Books), the fans always have apprehensions. Read more to know why!  As Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger prepare for their final showdown with Lord Voldemort and his brood of baddies – which is stretched out to two chapters for the big screen – we’re thrust into an overcast world of fear, isolation and constant tent pitching in "The Deathly Hallows."

The first thing the viewer does is to compare the movie with the book. The novel-fan expects every chapter of the book to be told in a detailed manner in the movie. And if, by this late date, you’re not well-acquainted with Harry, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Voldemort, the late Dumbledore or even horcruxes, you’re out of luck. Deathly Hallows drops viewers into the bleak proceedings straight away.

Lord Voldemort’s death eaters are on a march. Major characters in the series are killed off, and there’s not a moment to mourn. The war between the good wizards and those evil wizards and traitors in the service of Voldemort has begun. Seeing all this, Harry decides to break away from his protection. He sets out with Hermione and Ron on a mission to find the rest of the horcruxes and ultimately destroy them.

The visuals are grandeur. The trio has performed well. They have matured over the period of time and the maturity in their acting is clearly visible. Ralph Fiennes as the Dark Lord is awesome. His cold expressions are terrifying.  But, there is one problem with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Long stretches of the movie are set in this or that remote landscape. The audience (especially who are not familiar with the novel) gets no idea of what is happening in the movie many a times. They could only make guesses!

Direction is good. Cinematography is awesome. Effects are outstanding. Acting is terrific. Editing is poor. Very poor. So is the screenplay. The writers could easily have done a much better job. The movie has a very little to offer in two hours and twenty-six minutes. Undoubtedly, The Goblet of Fire was the best among all. 

To conclude, I would say, just go for it( to those who haven’t read the book) to enjoy the last part of the series and the visuals!

My Rating: 6/10

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