Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (12A)

Film

Family films

Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort, partie 2, 3D

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

User ratings:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
Rate this
 

Time Out says

Tue Jul 12 2011

Talk about transcending your roots. In ten short years (and eight rather long instalments), the Harry Potter series has gone from harmless, derivative boarding-school hi-jinks aimed squarely at bookish pre-teens to Julie Walters calling Helena Bonham Carter a bitch before killing her in cold blood. And that’s not even the nastiest bit – there’s some business here with Alan Rickman and a mean-tempered snake that’ll have even the toughest Potterphiles hiding behind their popcorn buckets.

But despite the increase in bloody violence – and the deaths of several major characters – ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ has little of the picturesque doom and gloom that sank its glum, tent-bound predecessor. This is an action movie, plain and simple, and all the better for it: from the breathless opening heist on Gringott’s magical bank to the hair-raising battle of Hogwarts which occupies most of the second half, this is crammed to the rafters with sword-swinging, expletive-hurling, dragon-riding magical mayhem.

The opening act is patchy but enjoyable, as a confusing, backstory-heavy dialogue scene leads straight into the aforementioned bank raid, a spectacular but rather rushed set piece. There’s just enough room for the obligatory introduction of another superfluous supporting character – in this case, Dumbledore’s crotchety brother Aberforth – before Harry and chums break back into Hogwarts and the main narrative kicks in.

Everyone brings their A-game here, notably director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves, who balance the source novel’s head-spinning blend of action, emotion and narrative intrigue with absolute confidence: one lengthy flashback sequence midway through is arguably the dramatic high point of the entire series, and even the sugary sweet coda, so mawkish on the page, becomes a thing of quiet beauty. The SFX are phenomenal, bringing to the magical shenanigans a tactile solidity which has been missing in previous episodes, while Yates’s use of 3D is never intrusive, and occasionally breathtaking.

But, as with most of the Potter films, it’s the cast who really deliver: the young leads have never been better, and it’s great to see Yorkshire’s finest, Neville Longbottom (played by Matthew Lewis), relishing the chance to step out of his chums’ shadows. It’s the villains who stick in the memory, whether it’s Rickman’s wondrously tight-lipped turn as the doomed Professor Snape or Ralph Fiennes’s genuinely peculiar but utterly convincing take on evil incarnate.

‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is far from a perfect film – the central plot point, the revelation of Harry’s destiny, is badly fudged, and there are a few too many key questions left hanging. But while it’s unfolding, this is just terrific fun: eye-scorching, ear-battering, heart-pounding cinema of pure spectacle.
0

Reviews

Add +

Release details

Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jul 15, 2011

Duration:

130 mins

Cinemas showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Filter

Filter

Coram's Fields

93, Guilford St, London, WC1N 1DN Show map/details

  • Address:

    93
    Coram's Fields Guilford St
    London
    WC1N 1DN

  • Venue phone:

    020 7837 6138

  • Venue website:

    www.coramsfields.org

  • Opening hours:

    Daily 9am-dusk

  • Transport:

    Tube: Russell Square

  • Price:

    Free

  • Map

    1. Coram's Fields
Map
  • Sun Aug 17:

    • 20:30

Users say

0
<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>0</span>/5

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:9
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|34
1 person listening
critique

Came to this as a Potter novice, having not read any book or viewed any previous movie. Maybe I needed I know more of the back story to enjoy this as many more than a passable diversion.

critique

Came to this as a Potter novice, having not read any book or viewed any previous movie. Maybe I needed I know more of the back story to enjoy this as many more than a passable diversion.

Jack

I don't think this film could get any better. I would highy reccomend watching it in 3D. HP7 Is definetly the best movie I have seen for years.

Jack

I don't think this film could get any better. I would highy reccomend watching it in 3D. HP7 Is definetly the best movie I have seen for years.

Anonymous

Excellent film. Action, tragedy and comedy all in 1. From when Fred died to Molly Weasley Calling Bellatrix a B*tch. I think Nevile should have got a bit more credit, considering he killed the last horcrux and saved Ron and Hermione. In the 19 years later scene, I was kind of dissapointed, 1 because only a few characters where in the scene, and 2 because the only character in the scene that looked convincing 19 years older was Ginny. Overall, an amazing film, I recommend it to anyone.

Anonymous

Excellent film. Action, tragedy and comedy all in 1. From when Fred died to Molly Weasley Calling Bellatrix a B*tch. I think Nevile should have got a bit more credit, considering he killed the last horcrux and saved Ron and Hermione. In the 19 years later scene, I was kind of dissapointed, 1 because only a few characters where in the scene, and 2 because the only character in the scene that looked convincing 19 years older was Ginny. Overall, an amazing film, I recommend it to anyone.

nathan wood

a very gripping film as some said the build up is a bit silly, i dont think that it was necasery when mcgongogal says " i've always wanted to use that spell" but overall a great end and answers most of our question

nathan wood

a very gripping film as some said the build up is a bit silly, i dont think that it was necasery when mcgongogal says " i've always wanted to use that spell" but overall a great end and answers most of our question

luc-emilia.

The film all in all was great, but the build up was a bit silly. It was all focused on harry but the nevil killed the snake(horcrux). it was all nevils doind that voldermourt died, yet all the attention was on harry. The words of voldermourt when he attempted to kill harry in the forest made me laugh becasue they were in slow motion even though it was a seriouse point. When snape died, i was in tears as he was almost confessing, to harrys face, about his feelings towards his mum. A really good film!

luc-emilia.

The film all in all was great, but the build up was a bit silly. It was all focused on harry but the nevil killed the snake(horcrux). it was all nevils doind that voldermourt died, yet all the attention was on harry. The words of voldermourt when he attempted to kill harry in the forest made me laugh becasue they were in slow motion even though it was a seriouse point. When snape died, i was in tears as he was almost confessing, to harrys face, about his feelings towards his mum. A really good film!

scrumpyjack

Easily the most bearable one since No.3. but 2 cinema worthy films out of eight isn't any real achievement. Pancake flat last scene by the way...even die hard's surely won't deny. 6/10

scrumpyjack

Easily the most bearable one since No.3. but 2 cinema worthy films out of eight isn't any real achievement. Pancake flat last scene by the way...even die hard's surely won't deny. 6/10

long cat

Great for the fans. Good plot and fantastic action. Enough twists to keep someone as long in the tail as I. If it had a few F words it'd be a horror movie, but fortunately it is all good clean fun. Just as movies should be. Recommended for anyone

long cat

Great for the fans. Good plot and fantastic action. Enough twists to keep someone as long in the tail as I. If it had a few F words it'd be a horror movie, but fortunately it is all good clean fun. Just as movies should be. Recommended for anyone

scotty

got to be honest-i got dragged into this story as a 'movie goer' and not a fan of childrens stories(as I'm 41 and don't read childrens stories ) the films have been progressively better with each film and this is an ok ending,but thats it.It was OK. not outsanding in the LORD OF THE RINGS mold or STAR WARS or even the MATRIX but it did have something to offer.and will appeal to the liitle uns----the 19 years later bit was hillarious--put Hermione in a mac and 'hey presto' she's 19 years older. pointless.should have used actors in their 40s over all? 6 out of ten NOW BRING ON THE HOBBIT !!!!!!!!!!

scotty

got to be honest-i got dragged into this story as a 'movie goer' and not a fan of childrens stories(as I'm 41 and don't read childrens stories ) the films have been progressively better with each film and this is an ok ending,but thats it.It was OK. not outsanding in the LORD OF THE RINGS mold or STAR WARS or even the MATRIX but it did have something to offer.and will appeal to the liitle uns----the 19 years later bit was hillarious--put Hermione in a mac and 'hey presto' she's 19 years older. pointless.should have used actors in their 40s over all? 6 out of ten NOW BRING ON THE HOBBIT !!!!!!!!!!

_Matt_77_

Saw it in 2D. It was pretty good. A few moments where the camera seemed a little dodgy. Potter-fanatics will love it. For the rest of us it's still pretty good, and probably the best of the series, although it's not without its flaws. For instance, the way they age some of the characters near the end is not convincing AT ALL. Also, unless you're a really avid fan you probably won't be able to join up all the dots - for instance, why does Harry have that very small thing he has at one point? Can't for the life of me remember. What IS good about it is that there's probably enough revelation of previous secrets to make it worth watching the whole series again, which is something I'd very, very rarely do. That fact that I would even consider it is a massive compliment to the movie.

_Matt_77_

Saw it in 2D. It was pretty good. A few moments where the camera seemed a little dodgy. Potter-fanatics will love it. For the rest of us it's still pretty good, and probably the best of the series, although it's not without its flaws. For instance, the way they age some of the characters near the end is not convincing AT ALL. Also, unless you're a really avid fan you probably won't be able to join up all the dots - for instance, why does Harry have that very small thing he has at one point? Can't for the life of me remember. What IS good about it is that there's probably enough revelation of previous secrets to make it worth watching the whole series again, which is something I'd very, very rarely do. That fact that I would even consider it is a massive compliment to the movie.

Joe

For anyone who has followed the Potter story on the big screen this a must see. More importantly, it doesn't dissapoint taking the filmgoer on a rollercoaster ride equal to any trip through the vaults at Gringotts. While some thought splitting the final book was a bid to spin out a studio cash cow, anyone seeing the film itself will appreciate the wisdom of the decision. With so many complex threads to tie up, rather than appear the fag end of the franchise it more than justifies a film in its own right. The young cast rise to the occasion. Matthew Lewis is finally given the pivotal role his character Neville Longbottom played in several of the books but was robbed on in ther film versions. Given the opportunity he does not dissapoint. The film even handles that age old stumbling block of the out of body moment in a not too clunking fashion - those wishing to see how not to do it should take a masterlass from "Contact.", Yes you can find niggles. I personally dislike platyform 9 3/4 being turned into a set from Casey Jones with its "Railroad" staff who jar with the Britishness of the rest of the film. Others, far more expert in Potter-lore than me may find faults of their own, but I'd argue most will be minor and none should really impinge on the enjoyment of what is a fitting end to a desservedly succesful series.

Joe

For anyone who has followed the Potter story on the big screen this a must see. More importantly, it doesn't dissapoint taking the filmgoer on a rollercoaster ride equal to any trip through the vaults at Gringotts. While some thought splitting the final book was a bid to spin out a studio cash cow, anyone seeing the film itself will appreciate the wisdom of the decision. With so many complex threads to tie up, rather than appear the fag end of the franchise it more than justifies a film in its own right. The young cast rise to the occasion. Matthew Lewis is finally given the pivotal role his character Neville Longbottom played in several of the books but was robbed on in ther film versions. Given the opportunity he does not dissapoint. The film even handles that age old stumbling block of the out of body moment in a not too clunking fashion - those wishing to see how not to do it should take a masterlass from "Contact.", Yes you can find niggles. I personally dislike platyform 9 3/4 being turned into a set from Casey Jones with its "Railroad" staff who jar with the Britishness of the rest of the film. Others, far more expert in Potter-lore than me may find faults of their own, but I'd argue most will be minor and none should really impinge on the enjoyment of what is a fitting end to a desservedly succesful series.

payingpunter

From Warwick Davis's very fine opening-scene performance, through Alan Rickmans equ............ally fantastic delivery, to Matthew Lewis's chest-thumping "Braveheart" moment , this was great cinema and defines why we should see films on a big screen and not ripped off on a laptop.

payingpunter

From Warwick Davis's very fine opening-scene performance, through Alan Rickmans equ............ally fantastic delivery, to Matthew Lewis's chest-thumping "Braveheart" moment , this was great cinema and defines why we should see films on a big screen and not ripped off on a laptop.

Atul

movie is not good but HP7 part 2 movie is very very very ..... good

Atul

movie is not good but HP7 part 2 movie is very very very ..... good

emotional filmgoer

Very dramatic, though as usual there are strange bits that feel like the writer and the director are trying to stick in something original just for the sake of it (though this has happened in every film except the first two). However, some changes have been made that actually improve on the book. Everyone's acting is brilliant - I thought they had just about covered every amazing British actor, but they still managed to squeeze in a couple more. The Prince's tale bit was the most emotional sequence of any of the movies, properly moving, but then there's an amazing actor at the centre of it. I loved it.

emotional filmgoer

Very dramatic, though as usual there are strange bits that feel like the writer and the director are trying to stick in something original just for the sake of it (though this has happened in every film except the first two). However, some changes have been made that actually improve on the book. Everyone's acting is brilliant - I thought they had just about covered every amazing British actor, but they still managed to squeeze in a couple more. The Prince's tale bit was the most emotional sequence of any of the movies, properly moving, but then there's an amazing actor at the centre of it. I loved it.

DutchHPFan

Records were broken for advance midnight showings last Tuesday and 1st day showings last wednesday in the Netherlands (we were probably among the few lucky people worldwide to be able to see this movie first before anyone else!). This movie might just even break Avatar's No.1 all-time box office sales in the Netherlands! Rupert Grint himself was in town recently to launch the Harry Potter exhibition on Amsterdam's downtown Rembrandt Square creating a lot of pre-HP8 buzz!.

DutchHPFan

Records were broken for advance midnight showings last Tuesday and 1st day showings last wednesday in the Netherlands (we were probably among the few lucky people worldwide to be able to see this movie first before anyone else!). This movie might just even break Avatar's No.1 all-time box office sales in the Netherlands! Rupert Grint himself was in town recently to launch the Harry Potter exhibition on Amsterdam's downtown Rembrandt Square creating a lot of pre-HP8 buzz!.

Brittany

Absolutely epic. The movie wraps up my generation's childhood in two hours of spectacular effects, and manages to convey many of the emotional scenes from the novel in (almost) a meaningful way. It also provides many humourous moments (with more to these than another 'Bloody hell' from Ron). Potterheads - we will adore it. Muggles - you may not understand, but should still appreciate it. The Prince's Tale was outstanding, especially from Alan Rickman; Kings Cross - likewise, and finally Michael Gambon dropped his aggressive attitude to convey a more Richard Harris-esque eccentric character. It was everything I asked for, and more. An 'Outstanding'.

Brittany

Absolutely epic. The movie wraps up my generation's childhood in two hours of spectacular effects, and manages to convey many of the emotional scenes from the novel in (almost) a meaningful way. It also provides many humourous moments (with more to these than another 'Bloody hell' from Ron). Potterheads - we will adore it. Muggles - you may not understand, but should still appreciate it. The Prince's Tale was outstanding, especially from Alan Rickman; Kings Cross - likewise, and finally Michael Gambon dropped his aggressive attitude to convey a more Richard Harris-esque eccentric character. It was everything I asked for, and more. An 'Outstanding'.