November 20, 2010
Review - " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1 "
(in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Spirited chases with Death Eaters and snatchers, cut like a real action film, break up Harry, Hermione and Ron Weasley’s
search for Horcruxes, the evil talismans they must destroy on “The Chosen One’s” way to his date with destiny – aka battle
with You Know Who.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Watson, seeing the finish line of this movie marathon, fully invest in the
characters again. Support-ing players such as David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) Rhys Ifans (as Luna’s dad, Xenophilius
Lovegood) and Helena Bonham-Carter – more devilish than ever as Bellatrix Lestrange – stand out.
And when the characters, as they sometimes do, disguise themselves in the bodies of others to sneak into The Ministry,
David O’Hara gives a deliriously spot-on physical imitation of Radcliffe, mocking his slant-shouldered shuffling walk to a T.
This latest Harry Potter film includes a raunchy dream scene which sees Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, and Emma
Watson (Hermione), sharing a passionate topless kiss.
And while the blue dream scene conceals the 20-year-old Ivy League student's modesty, it is still very suggestive.
Director David Yates, overwhelmed by “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, finds firmer footing here. The script (by
Steven Kloves) is peppered with trivia – little bits of the history we’ve seen in the six preceding films. Even taking a few
moments to tell us (with stark, stylized animation) what the Deathly Hallows are doesn’t interrupt the pace he’s set.
The first third is brisk and witty, the middle third gloomy and the finale not so much a cliffhanger as a grim, inspiring tease, a
masterly build-up to put “I can’t wait for Part 2” on every Muggles’ lips.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bill Nighy &
practically every other British actor known to mankind
It's Harry Potter - what else do you need to know? If you followed the
first six episodes you'll see (and like) the first half of the last one.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is a film of actors in
close-up. The lead players have grown into the roles and the Who’s
Who of British character actors in sup-porting parts shine like never
before, placed, as they are, in both real-world London and a selection
of desolate landscapes that match the gloom of this apocalyptic tale.
Alternately funny and touching, it’s the best film in the series, an
“Empire Strikes Back” for these wizards and their wizarding world. And
those effects? They’re so special you don’t notice them. The digital
elves are the most lifelike the movies have ever seen.
In a hellfire and brim-stone opening, the head of the Ministry of Magic
(Bill Nighy) roars that “our world has faced no greater threat.” The
forces of “You Know Who” have seized this and infiltrated that. The
Hogwarts trio have gone into hiding, protect-ing their families as best
they can. When Hermione (Emma Watson) movingly whispers
“obliviate” and removes any memory of her from her family, her image
fading from photographs as she sadly covers her tracks, we realize
the stakes. And when we see Voldemort’s brain trust meet and torture
a random Hogwarts teacher, the blood tells us this will be the darkest
and most violent Potter film yet.
Hazy: The blurred scene shows Harry (left) being kissed violently by Hermione