The wizards of Hogwarts appear to be in full control of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” the seventh movie of eight in the series based on the remarkable novels by author J.K. Rowling.
With an amazing record opening weekend box office of over $125 million, can the series actually end with just one more movie to come? Time will tell, but for now tens of millions of fans are still rejoicing at this newest release.
However what one expects may not be what one wants in this story. Director David Yates unreels his third straight “Potter” tale in a much slower, darker story as screenwriter Steve Kloves has adapted it for the big screen.
You still have to remember that this 2 hour and 26 minute fascinating adventure is just half of the series (for now) finale. You will have to wait until next July to complete this episode.
Having watched Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) grow-up before us through the years, it is amazing to think how well they have performed and matured. Where will their future careers lead?
With unique animation and amazing special effects, Alexandre Desplat’s exceptional music score that helps keep the story from coming apart in places further entertains us. This is easily the series best score.
As Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) leads the final assault on our now seasoned veterans, we can only hope for our heroes to successfully carry the banner of good over evil. Don’t be disappointed by the new settings or pace, it is still an enjoyable experience.
Joining the all-star cast are Bill Nighy (Scrimgeous), Alan Rickman (Snape), Toby Jones (Dobby), Ray Ifans (Lovegood) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix).
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” is rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and a scene of brief sexuality. I would recommend parents not to bring children under 10 with them.
With the six previous “Potter” movies having grossed over $5.4 billion, this could be the series lucky seven, the most successful yet.
Different in its approach but still extremely entertaining, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” receives my second highest rating of “4-J’s/Don’t miss it!”
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