This first part of the two part conclusion to the series finds Harry and the gang setting out to locate and destroy the remaining Horcruxes in an effort to rob Voldemort of his chance at immortality. But as he runs out of allies with Dumbledore dead and the Death Eaters on the loose, achieving his goal will be his darkest challenge.
Bill Nighy (Minister), Emma Watson (Hermione), Richard Griffiths (Vernon), Helena Carter (Bellatrix), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Julie Walters (Molly), Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), Rupert Grint (Ron), Fiona Shaw (Petunia).
Harry Potter is back again and this time, he is doing the same things he has done before. As enjoyable as this series and the movies have been, it must be time for a change when you check the DVD thinking you have the wrong movie because it looks so familiar, only to find you are wrong. Harry, Ron, and Hermione setting out to do something dangerous that could get them killed. Sound familiar? That said, the movie was still pretty good and helped move the story to completion but really did nothing more than that.
Acting was about where it has always been with this group. Watson, Grint, and Radcliffe all deliver about the same as usual, though some of the maturity rolled into the characters was nice. Carter was unusually enjoyable as always. Nighy added something new while Fiennes brought an interesting energy to Voldemort.
Camera work, sets, backgrounds, dialogue, sound, soundtrack, and special effects were consistent with the quality we have come to expect from this series and didn’t disappoint.
Overall Potter fans will enjoy this the most as they finally get to see the conclusion to this long story and their favorite characters growing up. Those new to the franchise will be completely lost starting here and should go back to the beginning for any hope of understanding what is happening.
Some frightening images, mild sensuality, and intense action but this should be fine for preens and above.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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