Well here we go, finally the last Harry Potter movie ever… oh yes indeed and there has been much hype in the lead-up, with thousands of fans camping for days in Trafalgar square to catch a glimpse of the stars (not even to see the film!) at the premiere. The film premiere that for the first time ever occupied both Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square included, as the Warner Bros compere who introduced the screening at my viewing proudly told us, a record breaking amount of red carpet. So as I sit down to watch the film even I, who has previously professed as not being Potter potty, was a bit excited… even though the film was in 3D as well… and post production 3D at that.
The final chapter begins right where we left off from in part one, with Harry, Ron and Hermione continuing their quest to find and destroy Voldermort’s three remaining Horcruxes. As the full story of the mystical Deathly Hallows is uncovered and with Voldermort wise to the trio’s intentions the final, life changing, good vs. evil battle of Hogwarts begins.
The story continues seamlessly from part one but instantly the production values of part two feel far grander. Part one has, cruelly in my opinion, been described as the one with the tent, a dig to its lack of action. Well there’s no tent in sight this time round… and plenty of action. This one should be remembered for some amazing effects and a great battle sequence.
However it still is marred by some of the usual complaints I have of the franchise, namely some shoddy acting and too much cheese. Also as hard as it tries it can’t quite pull off the epic status that it was shooting for, and could never feel as credible as say The Lord of the Rings. The first half of the film was by far the strongest, but then I found myself confused in the middle and feeling like a bit of a muggle as I struggled to keep up with the story. However having not read the book probably didn’t help me in this regard.
But they are my only complaints, and putting those aside, we are left with something which, in the words of the other, not quite so universally known, little British magician with a squeaky voice, evokes the response “It’s magic”. Sorry Potter fans, please don’t cruciatus my ass for mixing my magicians with wizards.
Desplat’s musical score is spot on and contributes nicely to the film’s action sequences. There were truly some fantastic effects on show and, although it pains me to admit, in a few places the 3D effect was quite amazing.
Radcliffe has been quoted as saying of this film that it is “light years ahead of the other films in the series” and I would have to agree with him. Along with the young cast the film has matured nicely. This is the best film of the franchise, sure to thrill any potter fans (the audience I watched it with erupted into a round of cheers and applause at the closing credits). And whatever your feelings about the films it is hard to knock the achievements of the most successful movie franchise ever. With films 1 to 7 part one taking over $6 billion in worldwide receipts (from a total budget of just over $1 billion) and each of them currently on the list of the 30 highest grossing films worldwide of all time, they have had a big influence on film over the last decade. This is especially good for British film too, and also the British carpet industry, particularly those that manufacture that distinct shade of red.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is out in cinemas 15th July.
Director: David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Runtime: 130 min
Country: UK, USA