By: Andy Chruscicki
Time sure flies doesn’t it? It seems only yesterday audiences were heading to theaters for the first time to witness the adventures of Harry Potter and his two friends Ron and Hermoine.
Now the worldwide phenomenon is coming to a close in the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Don’t let the fact that the film has been split in to two parts deter you, this film delivers the goods.
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In this first of two installments, Harry, Ron and Hermoine set out to stop the dark wizard Voldemort and his reign of terror. The only way they can do this however is to destroy the horcruxes. These are the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and have to be destroyed to make sure he never returns.
The task will not be an easy one as Voldemort has supporters everywhere looking to bring the three to him. This leads Harry to realize that the only way to truly stop Voldemort is to face him.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 marks director David Yates third time around with the Potter franchise having directed the previous two. Yates has put together a visually beautiful film filled with vast and glorious locations that will appeal to the audience’s eyes. These locations are perfect for the dark and mature tone of the film.
Considering the film is first of two parts, many may think that this part may not be very exciting and just be a build up to the finale. This isn’t that case however, because this film is entertaining and suspenseful pretty much from beginning to end. It rarely hits a lull in action and when it does it is short-lived.
Much like the previous six installments, Deathly Hollows delivers great acting performances. Ralph Fiennes is so villainous and beautifully eloquent as Voldemort that he is ironically delightful.
The three young actors who play Harry, Ron and Hermoine also deliver very good performances. It has been very delightful to watch Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson blossom into great young actors as the films have come out over the past decade.
On top of their great performances, there is no denying the fantastic chemistry between the three. Despite the serious and dark material in the film, the interaction of the three is charming and pleasant to watch.
The film will definitely please anyone who has been a fan of the franchise as it stays pretty true to the novel. However, anyone who hasn’t seen the past films will have close to no idea what is going on.
Before the films release, there were many who stated where the film halts to be concluded is not a great place to end. However, with so much happening in this film alone, it needs to end where it ends so the viewer can take everything in and prepare for the finale.
The film is quite lengthy, however, it is nothing short of entertaining and visually stupendous. It might even be the best out of the series, but that judgment can’t be passed until the final film is released next summer. However, this film will be hard to top.