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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) Movie Review

November 20, 2010

Despite its happy beginnings, Harry Potter has evolved into something much more dark and sinister.  “The Deathly Hallows Part 1” is essentially a horror movie for the masses.  Most people don’t like modern horror because it’s not scary and they don’t like the gore.  Even if you don’t like horror movies generally, if you have been watching the Harry Potter series from the beginning it’s hard to stay away from the finale.  Just be warned, in case you haven’t read the books, that “The Deathly Hallows Part 1” is full of scares, close calls, and might be a bit darker than you expect.

The main focus of “The Deathly Hallows Part 1” involves Harry on the run from Voldemort and his men in an attempt to find and destroy the horcrux pieces that were discovered in the previous installment.  Accordingly, they encounter the horrific death eaters and evil magicians as they hide in the shadows to avoid detection.  Despite its 2 hr 30 min runtime, the movie moves quickly and doesn’t drag.

The music, composed by Alexandre Desplat and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, fits the movie well.  The orchestrations by Conrad Pope and others help the orchestra sound full and lush.  The action cues are written in traditional John Williams style and sound great.  While the music lacks an overarching theme, it seems to be a conscious decision by the director so as not to take away from the magic of Hedwig’s theme that does show up on occasion.

Fans of the series will find that, despite the dark subject matter, the adventure is just as compelling as it was when it first started.  As Harry and his friends have aged, the films have matured and they are better for it.  Wonderful use of wide camera shots provides the movie with the appropriate scope and epic feel fitting for a movie so close to the finale.  The movie’s larger than life feel demands watching in the theater and you will be drawn into every minute of it.  I can’t wait for the second half.

5/5

 

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