Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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(out of 5)


Seven books, eight movies and a whole heck of a lot of merchandising finally come down to a final adventure featuring the plucky young wizard and his best friends going head to head with a noseless evil who looks like a tapeworm. After mooning about without doing anything interesting for three hours in the first part of the last chapter in the series, Harry, Hermione and Ron finally work their way towards the showdown with the evil Voldemort () in the hopes of saving the wizard world from being taken over completely by his dark forces. Harry finally finds out the truth about his family, gets up close to the reality of the shady Professor Snape (the film’s only truly emotional moments, actually) and riles the entire student body of Hogwarts into a great battle with the bad guys for the film’s last third, which plays like an uninspired retread of battle scenes from the Lord Of The Rings movies. Improving somewhat on the last film, this one actually has scenes where things happen, plus it returns the setting to the wizard academy which Part I sorely lacked, but the sense of adventure, wonder and imagination of the earlier chapters of the series are still missing in a big way. It still feels, as the last few have, like it’s merely looking to flesh out scenes from a popular book for the sake of its readers; the stakes are never particularly high, and while the actors only keep improving with each passing film, their characters are no longer as charismatic as they once were. Harry Potter never has any genuine moments of conflict or temptation, so reliably even-tempered all the time that the predictable outcome of his moral choices make for very flat emotional viewing. It’s to ‘s credit that he plays him with such honest integrity and avoids being a simpering goodie-goodie, but there’s no denying that the role has far fewer colours in it than this actor has to offer (no wonder he got his kit off and cavorted with some horses on the London stage; the boy needs to exercise some acting muscles and Warner Bros is not giving him the chance). Then there’s a badly tacked on ending which threatens to find an excuse for more in the future; if that happens, let’s hope the fun comes back.


United Kingdom, 2011

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (production Design: Stuart Craig; set decoration: Stephenie McMillan)
Best Makeup (Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin)
Best Visual Effects (Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson)

National Board Of Review Awards
Top Ten Films
Special Achievement Award (A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film)

Screen Actors Guild Award
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble

British Academy Award
Best Special Visual Effects

Nominations
Best Sound
Best Make Up & Hair
Best Production Design


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