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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 [BSC]

Stunning, beautifully amazing, yet dark and gritty. Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is all of these, and much more. Starting some time after the last film, Ron, Harry and Hermione have all returned home, although the film takes no time in bring back our power trio, before jumping straight into the action and adventure.

For those who haven’t read the book, this is, in the most un-spoilerish way possible, the story for the first part of the 7th movie. With Dumbledore dead and buried, the gang decide its best not to go back to Hogwarts. With the help of The Order of the Phoenix, they are able to reach a safe house, though with a few casualties along the way. The safe house does not stay safe for long, and the Death-Eaters reign down from above. Harry, Ron and Hermione make they’re escape, and from then on, keep on the run. Main points to come later in the film is Harry’s continued search for the 7 horcrux’s, and the revelation of the Deathly Hallows.

So, what of the film itself. Well, with the film being split into two parts, the films are able to more closely follow the book, having more time to fit all of what happens in. This, is itself a blessing and a curse. One of the main problems fans had with the films was that they left certain story plots or elements out, that were originally in the book. This was due to the time constrictions, and this only became worse after the first two films due to how long the books were getting. The problem with fitting everything from the book into the films, is that the books do tend to drag at certain points, and so the film does, and may have actually been improved if some segments were cut shorter.

There is also a small problem with the tone of the film. The series itself has gradually be getting darker and darker as it went along, and Deathly Hallows certainly provides a definitive dark tone. The problem isn’t with the dark tones, they suit the film and the situation. The problem is when they try to change the tone with a sudden joke. Some lighter parts of the film work well, such as the dance scene, but some of the jokes used in dark or tense moments ruins the atmosphere.

But what of my over all view of the film… Well… Simply amazing. The ending leaves you wanting more, raising anticipation for Part 2. It is well deserved in the Harry Potter film series, and a must see film for magic and fantasy lovers.

Rating: 8.5/10

I originally wrote this review the Bradford Student Cinema, go over there and check out up coming films to be shown and film reviews written by other members of the cinema.


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