Movie Review: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

Well, here we are at the end of an era. This is the final Harry Potter film. There are no more after this. It’s finished. Done. And as we all know, the end can be just as important as the beginning. Sometimes even more so. It started with a bang, so let’s see if the ending can do this iconic series justice. As always, spoilers below.

It basically picks up right where part one left off, with Voldemort picking up the Elder Wand and in general being very creepy. I keep having to give Ralph Fiennes props for getting so into this role. Seriously, every time he’s on screen it makes my skin crawl. As he does that, Harry and the gang continue to hunt for the Horcruxes, getting into much trouble and adventure along the way. Adventure that eventually leads them back to Hogwarts, where Voldemort himself is returning to settle all scores.

Now, I had issues with the pacing of part one. It started too slow and didn’t really pick up till the end. In contrast, it becomes fairly obvious with this movie that the endgame is approaching. Things move really fast. That’s both a good and a bad thing, in my opinion. It keeps you at the edge of your seat, but at the same time it’s really counting on you to remember the previous movie that happened several months ago. I realize that this had to be done because otherwise we’d have a four hour long movie, but the split does cause a bit of a disconnect when you’re getting back into it. They do what they can, but for me at least it’s still there. It also gives the impression of perhaps too much speed, making the movie feel a tad rushed in certain places.

The acting was good, as usual. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint continue to play their characters as well as they’ve always done in the past. Even more so, I feel, because they know this is the end of it all. Over all, I’d say this was a good film, and a fine end to it all. I would, however, recommend that if someone was going to watch it at home they should see both part one and part two back to back. That would solve many of the issues I personally had with both films.

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