DIR: David Yates • WRI: Steve Kloves • PRO: David Barron, David Heyman , J.K. Rowling • DOP: Eduardo Serra • ED: Mark Day • DES: Stuart Craig • CAST: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the final instalment in the Harry Potter series. Part 1, released in November 2010, saw the ever valiant Harry, accompanied by the loveable and loyal Ron and Hermione race against the odds and time to locate the mythical Deathly Hallows.
Part 2 picks up exactly where Part 1 left off, with an eery looking Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort bent vehemently over Dumbledore’s tomb. With Voldemort being in possession of the most powerful wand known to the wizard community, it seems all odds are stacked against our unlikely hero. Yet, the story continues with Harry, Ron and Hermione consistently beating the odds and good triumphing over evil.
It was clear from the onset the first part was merely the necessary prequel to the real excitement. Where Part 1 was slow paced and unexciting, part 2 makes no allowances for the uninformed viewer, choosing rather to dive straight into action.
It’s a fan’s movie. Perfect for all those who have read the books and have an intense interest in the stories. For those who don’t quite follow the story it’s still a visual masterpiece. The intricate details of the demonising dementors and every crevice of Hogwarts castle are infinitely more impressive in 3D. Fight scenes are magical and enchanting. With the enticing visual effects it’s an enjoyable film for all to watch, despite its arbitrary good vs. evil plot.
Radcliffe is predictable and uninspiring. Despite it being his eighth Potter film in, few attempts have been made on Radcliffe’s part to showcase Harry as anything more than a sultry misunderstood teen. Grint and Watson carry the film with their obvious chemistry overshadowing all else. In the midst of the sometimes repetitive magical saga, Rons and Hermione’s emerging romance is charming.
Irish actress Evanna Lynch’s unwavering dedication to her quirky character Luna is evident throughout. With her offbeat humour and peculiar insights, Lynch is a breath of fresh air on-screen.
The plot is predictable, as are the cast. Still, the visual effects alone make this film worth seeing. It’s a good movie, a fairy-tale ending and a very much over-due goodbye to Harry Potter.
Rated 12A (see IFCO website for details)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released on 15th July 2011