Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Setting up for the final battle between good and evil, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) are faced with the challenge of destroying the Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) Horcruxes, the keys to Voldemort’s existence. With a ministry of evil and death eaters closing in on their whereabouts, the three must band together to stay alive all the while deciphering what exactly the Deathly Hallows are and how to put a stop to Voldemort once and for all. Given that no matter what gets printed by any reviewer at this point I can pretty much guarantee the hoards will still flood out to see this, I’ll be brief. It’s good, but it’s not perfect. Again, we have a case of rich source material that’s being condensed for the screen as best as possible; unfortunately, this makes for jumps in logic that may leave some slightly perplexed as to how, why or what just happened? Regardless, there’s enough supporting material in the screenplay to help fill in a number of the gaps, sometimes you just have to wait for it to be explained. The three principals have grown nicely into their roles and the material feels completely comfortable to them, the rest of the supporting cast is fantastic, as always. The cinematic choice to use a handheld cameras for several action scenes is a little rough as it ends up making the movement a little too hard to follow, instead we get a blur of something rather than a clear idea of what’s going on– still,, the film still shines and perfectly whets your appetite to watch the final showdown. Worth seeing if you’ve followed along up until this point, otherwise go back and get yourself acquainted with the series first. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is rated PG-13.