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Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) Movie Review

July 30, 2011

It seems so strange to think how long it has been since the first Harry Potter book was released so many years ago.  What started as a magical tale of excitement and wonder slowly became darker and more sinister as the story progressed.  Part 1 of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was a necessary evil because it dealt with one of the slower portions of the overall story.  Those who had not read the last book might have worried that Part 2 would be the same.  However, Part 2 is one of the most exciting experiences from a Harry Potter movie yet.

By picking up right in the middle of the hunt for the horcruxes, the film moves at a blistering pace that doesn’t let up until the end credits roll.  What makes it so exciting is that the characters always feel as if they are in real danger.  Every encounter is a fight to the death and the music conveys this immediacy wonderfully.  As things draw closer to the final battle, the action grows in scope, leading up to some truly epic encounters.

Alexandre Desplat composed some dark, brooding music for Part 1.  His work on Part 2 leans more on the side of heart-thumping action music.  Rather than having Despltat weave in John Williams’ themes from the first movies, Desplat’s music is supplemented through the use of familiar Harry Potter tunes.  Desplat’s new theme, titled “Lilly’s Theme” is used wonderfully in the more somber moments.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is filled with the proper amount of spectacle and grandeur that should be in more summer movies.  Because of the fond attachment to the characters over the years, the audience truly cares what happens to them.  For those who haven’t read the books, there are some fabulous twists revealed in the second half of the movie.  If you have followed the journey from the beginning, you will find a fitting resolution in this final film.  It is also by far the best film of the year as of this writing.

5/5

Note on 3D and IMAX:

I watched the movie in IMAX 3D.  While I didn’t find the 3D to be especially well-used, it mostly looked good.  Watching it in IMAX was worth it because it gives you that much larger screen and lets the music shine through the powerful speakers in the IMAX theater.  However, if you are short on cash, you should enjoy the film just as much in the ordinary 2D showing.

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