Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (12A)

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Time Out says

Mon Nov 15 2010

Anyone who complained that the previous episode in the ‘Harry Potter’ saga felt too much like scene-setting for the final showdown will be equally disappointed with ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’. A film with no beginning and no end but a whole lot of expository middle, this is the least satisfying instalment in the series since Chris Columbus folded up his director’s chair.

Bill Nighy’s dour, dandified Minister of Magic sets the tone with a barbed speech bemoaning the state of the magical nation: murders, disappearances and raids are becoming commonplace and no one, it seems, is safe. Least of all our bespectacled hero, who bids farewell to the suburbia of his youth before being whisked away in the film’s only outright action sequence, a dizzying high-speed flying-bike chase through the Dartford tunnel.

The ensuing half hour is business as usual: an entertaining balance of sorcery, slapstick and sweetness, enlivened by a handful of scary scenes and a surprisingly sadistic streak of black humour. But once the kids decide to break out on their own, setting off across the shattered English countryside on the trail of the four remaining shards of the Dark Lord Voldemort’s soul, things take a bleaker turn, and they never quite recover. Part of the problem is JK Rowling’s source material: there are too many characters, too much backstory and too many magical Mcguffins to keep track of. The episodic plot wanders as aimlessly as the children, culminating in the would-be tragic death of a character we’ve barely been introduced to.

On this evidence, the producers’ decision to cut the final movie in two feels like a mistake: despite some undoubted highlights, ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’ feels like the weaker half of a still-promising film.

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j stone

I could 'nt agree more with ex i think its essential to read the books first in fact i wonder whether it would have been better if the film company had waited until J K Rowling had finished the books before the films were made,as children could then make it as scary as they want in their minds, also when each book came out all the characters from the film were imprinted on my mind, anyway im not complaining , went to see the film again & cant wait until the DVD comes out, & come on J K write some more books, PETER JAMES has taken over where she left off cant wait for his new book (one every year) J.

j stone

I could 'nt agree more with ex i think its essential to read the books first in fact i wonder whether it would have been better if the film company had waited until J K Rowling had finished the books before the films were made,as children could then make it as scary as they want in their minds, also when each book came out all the characters from the film were imprinted on my mind, anyway im not complaining , went to see the film again & cant wait until the DVD comes out, & come on J K write some more books, PETER JAMES has taken over where she left off cant wait for his new book (one every year) J.

Kip Mud

It didn't really pay much attention to the book and went off on a tangent, but for part 1 it ended in a good place and I can't wait to watch the last one. It's better than the last attempt at any rate.

Cappybear

The film gets off to a lively start but sags horribly in the middle. The action picks up again towards the end but, to be honest, my buttocks were numb by then and I just wanted this long, long film to be over. My wife didn't think it was too bad.

w33v

Not the best Potter film or first half of a film! Started out great then BOOM.... and nothing.. nothing ... nothing, dance in a tent... sitting reading a book... nothing... What happened to Ron's adventures? He returns after gaining a wand from a Snatcher.. sounds a lot more entertaining than Grainger and Potter getting all sullen. Luna getting taken.. that would have been good to watch. I understand that some things are better left 'unseen', Luke Skywalker's uncle and aunt getting blasted but this had nothing to replace anything that went on elsewhere. And now I have to wait 7 months to see if it was worth watching in the first place.

77isnotanumber

I dont no why everyones saying this film is so bad! Ive seen it a few days ago and it is absolutly fantastic!! I totaly dont agree with people who say the film was boring. FULL OF ACTION!! I liked it so muc that Im going to see it again today!! ANYONE THINKING OF SEEING THIS... DONT BE PUT OFF BY THE OTHER COMMENTS (:!! a well deserved 5*'s from me! :)

77isnotanumber

I dont no why everyones saying this film is so bad! Ive seen it a few days ago and it is absolutly fantastic!! I totaly dont agree with people who say the film was boring. FULL OF ACTION!! I liked it so muc that Im going to see it again today!! ANYONE THINKING OF SEEING THIS... DONT BE PUT OFF BY THE OTHER COMMENTS (:!! a well deserved 5*'s from me! :)

Alysha

OMG!! i dont no why you all think its so bad... Ive seen it 2 weeks ago and I love it!!! Its just as good as the others and I prefered it to the last two!! I liked it so much that Im going to see it again today (:! ANYONE THINKING OF SEEING THIS.... DONT BE PUT OF BY THE COMMENTS ABOVE!! a well deserved 5 stars (:!

Alysha

OMG!! i dont no why you all think its so bad... Ive seen it 2 weeks ago and I love it!!! Its just as good as the others and I prefered it to the last two!! I liked it so much that Im going to see it again today (:! ANYONE THINKING OF SEEING THIS.... DONT BE PUT OF BY THE COMMENTS ABOVE!! a well deserved 5 stars (:!

Thomas Noctor

Not bad I'll be able to judge it more when I see the final installment! I loved the 1st, 2nd, 3rd was over before it started, 4th and 5th excellent, 6th boring!

Ex

Dudes, learn to appreciate the hard work that goes into these films. Don't just say "silly effects, couldn't follow it blahblahblah". These guys have worked hard as actors, directors, FX guys and all the stuff that goes into making a film. The story is deep and a little complex but not that hard to follow. If you really want to get the full extent of the backstory and how everything ties together, go and read the effing books,. They came first and it annoys me how the people of the world today would rather watch the film version than read the original, and thus not get the full story, I thought the film was excellent and can't wait for part two, which I expect will be even better, what with the upcoming wizarding war. Ungrateful people need to shut up.

Andrew Green

The TimeOut review is rather unfair; the film does have a beginning and an entirely appropriate end considering the second part is yet to come. Even for viewers who have not read the books (as I haven't) the story is clearly told and the detail well explained. There are moments of real beauty in the film (the explanation of the Deathly Hallows) and the direction very well judged. There is real excitement in the set pieces, such as the Dartford tunnel sequence, but welcome moments of stillness as the mood darkens. This also allows for the characters to come through a little more, and the acting is the best we've seen. Emma Watson is sure to be a star, and Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are maturing into real film actors, reining in some of the previous excesses. Contrary to other reviews, there is solid support from the adult actors, and the presence of characters from earlier episodes alongside new faces (such as Guy Henry) moves the story forward, and are clearly introduced. This is a very beautifully made and told instalment in the tale, perhaps the best in the series yet. Go and see it and just enjoy it, and don't take notice of the dour critics.

scrumpyjack

"DARK TIMES ARE UPON US, HARRY.......TO GO ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER DARK TIMES SINCE THE QUITE GOOD No. 3"..........Trouble is, that makes about 10 hours of dark times.....and for blockbuster's, that's SH*T! Still, technically faultless as usual and a superb animated section delights.....but TOTALLY thrill free and the acting is...well, wadda you think! I give them 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 5...................this one 4+/10. Police Academy series standard.

callum

eurghhhhhh went on 4 ages! wanted 2 walk out but my m8 wouldnt let me :P

Kim

This film was SUCH a dissapointment. After all the media building up to its release, I expected it to be much better. The acting was horrific, the effects appeared unrealistic to my eyes anyway and was extremely frustratingly confussing if you, like me, have not read the book to get the jist of the story.

nick

Overall quite enjoyable, but I was surprised, after having not watched the last film before this, at how appalling the acting really is.

jenny

so exciting and tense. I was all shook up. Can't wait for part 2 baby. Oh and daniel is such a hottie! Xx sr is hotter tho.

jenny

so exciting and tense. I was all shook up. Can't wait for part 2 baby. Oh and daniel is such a hottie! Xx sr is hotter tho.

Justin Bieber

Hey babes Justin here and i saw the film ooh to much paps but in my opinion it is great! And i saw i hot chick she introduced me at bowling and she ws called Holly Colossa god she was one hottie

Justin Bieber

Hey babes Justin here and i saw the film ooh to much paps but in my opinion it is great! And i saw i hot chick she introduced me at bowling and she ws called Holly Colossa god she was one hottie

susan

amaaaaazinngg film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100/100

susan

amaaaaazinngg film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 100/100

Ian

Apart from a cracking start and the scene in the ministry it is all a bit long and too slow.

john

ive only seen the first 36 minutes of the movie but from what i saw it was lacking. a lot of stuff got left out which would have added greatly to the movie i wont post the things that should have been in that would be spoilers and i dont want to ruin it for people who have yet to watch it

Steve

Have you read the books? The only reason it feels like too much backstory is because all of the previous movies had to cut so much out. If you've read the books and seen the movies, then there shouldn't be any confusion. And really, how many backstories are there....? The main story with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the Deathly Hallows story. All of the characters are required to be in the film because of the scope of the story. It's the end and it's a war.

Steve

Have you read the books? The only reason it feels like too much backstory is because all of the previous movies had to cut so much out. If you've read the books and seen the movies, then there shouldn't be any confusion. And really, how many backstories are there....? The main story with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the Deathly Hallows story. All of the characters are required to be in the film because of the scope of the story. It's the end and it's a war.