Saturday, July 16, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

I watched the last Harry Potter movie today and came away with such a satisfied feeling. This one is definitely the best movie of the lot – especially, the first half. I watched the movie in 3D, but there wasn’t much impressive about that. I could have watched it in 2D and come away with the exact same opinion.

The story begins where the last movie left off – at Shell Cottage. With Griphook’s help, the trio break in to Gringotts to look for a horcrux in Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault. Then they make their escape on a dragon and reach Hogwarts to look for the next Horcrux. From now on, the battle of Hogwarts begins and what a battle it is! Sparks fly when jinxes and curses clash as the two sides fight it out on the grounds of Hogwarts. All the magic in the air seems to trigger atleast two love stories Meanwhile, Snape’s true colours come to light and Harry’s accepts his fate as the last Horcrux. It is a war that claims many lives and there is no triumphant roar at the end – only a sense of things being ordinary again.

The screenplay is terse and cuts out the unnecessary side stories – the focus is clearly on the hunt for the horcruxes and the battle of hogwarts. We have seen child actors\actresses grow up through the different movies and with age, some of them have become better actors. Daniel Radcliffe looks much more comfortable in his role in this movie, Emma Watson has always played a rather tense character – she loosens up a bit in this, Rupert Grint is faintly better somehow, Neville’s character is stronger. Alan Rickman seems a lot older in this movie and having him act the scenes from the past didn’t work out well. Somehow, the makeup on Ralph Fiennes has always made me feel they got Voldemort wrong. I wish they spent more effort on the villians.

Looking back, I have a feeling JKR wrote the last book knowing how awesome it would be on film. While part 1 of the Deathly Hallows was not this exciting, part 2 is a fitting finale. Do watch.


rindojustrindo said...

If Ralph Fiennes' enormous nose could be hidden, they could've given You-Know-Who snake-eyes too. And then there's his wheezing. Maybe a Darth-Vader-esque menacing tone was intended, but it just seemed like he was asthmatic.

Even so, I'm sure his bust will make it to the Movie Villain Hall of Fame.

Malavika said...

My thoughts exactly on Voldy! Wasn't able to pinpoint it the way you have :) thanks Rindo!