Friday, November 19, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Finnes, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and John Hurt

Directed by David Yates

Release Date: November 19, 2010

There are dark days for Harry Potter and his friends: Voldemort is gaining more influence, Dumbledore is dead, and there is no where to hide from the Death Eaters, Voldemort's wrathful followers. Therefore, the few left to oppose the dark wizard have banded together to stop his brutal takeover of the magical world before it is too late.....

Picking up from "Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince", it has become clear to Harry and his friends that the only way to stop Voldemort once and for all is to destroy all 6 Horcruxes, objects in which Voldemort stored pieces of his soul so he could be revived from death. However, Harry has soon become the target of a mass hunt of magical thugs known as "Snatchers" to catch not only Potter, but all wizards that could oppose the Dark Wizard. While dealing with this, the trio must also face inner conflicts, doubt, turmoil, and frustration in the quiet moments when the battles are over and the waiting seems to be an eternity.

(For the purposes of this review, I will refer to the movie as "Part One")

Part One is a fantastic adventure and is sure to whet the appetites of all Harry Potter fans anxiously awaiting this final chapter of the series. Some reviews claim that Part One is only 1/2 a movie, that there is no real tension/conflict to work through and that there is no climax in the story structure, that this film is only to be viewed as exposition to Part Two's epic battles and resolution. I have to disagree: part one is full of tension and turmoil, where the characters go through so much that it becomes a whirlwind of story development and exciting action sequences such as when Harry and the Order of the Phoenix battle Death Eaters early in the film.

For Harry Potter fans, Part One is a must see. If you're a fan of fantasy and action, I'd recommend you view the series in chronological order before viewing Part One.

Click here to buy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Click here for the review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two

Rating: * * * * 1/2 of 5

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