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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Written By: Harold Schossman

10-14-2010

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The end has come. Or at least the first part of the big finale that will conclude a decade of Harry Potter mania! Ever since 2001 when the first film came out Harry Potter has become a pop culture phenomenon. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have spent their entire childhood filming Harry Potter. Now it’s almost over has the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens in movie theaters worldwide.

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Director David Yates who’s been at the helm of the Potter films since Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix is once again directing this 2 part epic finale. Reactions to Warner’s decision to split Harry’s last adventure have been mixed: While fans are happy and hope for a more faithful adaptation of the book, others have blamed Warner to be flat out greedy!

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Well as it turns out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is probably one of the most faithful book adaptations. As a Potter fan this is of course great, but is it necessarily good? Those who have read the book will know that it’s actually almost impossible to alter the film’s story as the plot is pretty linear and doesn’t allow for many changes.

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So the film kicks off pretty fast with all the of the action you’ll probably know from the book, performances are rock solid as by now I think every single major British “name” actor had or still has an appearance in Harry Potter. But in the second half as the trio is on the run in the woods the movie loses momentum fast. Fortunately Radcliffe and Watson manage to bridge those structural problems in the story with their by now respectable acting skills. Only towards the end of the film which is of course pretty much the middle of the 7th chapter will those two people who haven’t read the book begin to understand what the Deathly Hallows are and what is at stake. Sadly that is where the film ends.

In spite of this untypical narrative I liked the movie a lot, in fact I think it’s in many ways superior to its predecessor. I’m glad Warner opted for the 2 part solution. Yes it means more money for them, but remember it also means two budgets, hence more money to get the films made! The only setback is that we have to wait until July 14th for the grand finale!

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Correspondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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