Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Whip out your wands and jump on your broomsticks, we're reviewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2!

That's right, team Neville all the way. And yes, I know where that sword is protruding from. You're welcome, ladies.

The last installment in the Potter serious is appropriately epic and a grand finale to end the decade long series.
Of course, you already know if you're going to see it or not. If you're a Harry Potter fan, you've probably already got your tickets, and if not, well it's far too late to jump on the Hogwarts Express with this installment.

The story: Harry fights Voldemort and the death eaters.  There you go.

Deathly Hallows is just a hard movie to review. It can't possibly be seen as just a standalone movie, you have to view it as part of an incredibly epic whole. If you haven't seen the rest of the movies or don't care of the series, this really isn't your mug of butterbeer.

The finale to the Harry Potter saga is decidedly epic, especially the wizarding battles. Wands come out, sparks fly, green wisps tackle wizards and they go flying. I got to see teachers and creatures you haven't seen in two movies.  They really make good use of the 3D technology as well. There are a couple of sequences in the beginning that take place in Gringotts Bank that are just amazing to expierience in 3D.

This one is a tear jerker. If you've read the books, you know how bad it gets. Tough decisions are made, and people die. Get ready to sniffle. In fact, bring tissues for all the girls around you, it get's pretty brutal. Do they still let kids into these things?

The biggest surprise here is Neville. Neville freaking Longbottom. I am calling right now, screw team Potter, go team Longbottom! Sure you see more of Harry here, but it still feels like Neville's triumph. Everything was either given to or thrust upon Harry, Neville had to work and struggle to get badass and surprisingly hot. And the girl he winds up with? Perfect couple!

It's a strange phenomenon seeing actors and characters you saw as kids grow up into adults. Even stranger, there's an afterwards scene about how they look grown up and instead of using different actors, they use cgi and make up to age the three amigos. It's a bit weird, but also nice how they end it with the original characters.

This is a great ending to a fantastic story.  Maybe it's because it was already done in the books and Rowling is just fantastic at making a conclusion, but this really felt like a fitting end to the Harry Potter franchise. It tied everything up nicely, didn't leave many questions answered, didn't have 20 endings or end abruptly, and left you with simultaneously full and wanting more.

Overall: if you're a fan, you'll see it.
Why you should see it: the ending to a decade long hollywood miracle
Movies like it: the 7 other harry potter movies
One scene metaphor: The final battle between Harry, Volderort, the students, and the death eaters. it's the end and it's epic. If you love Harry Potter you'll scream with jot, but if you haven't seen the rest of the movies, you won't know or care what's going on.

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