Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The beloved film franchise comes to an explosive end.
Tue Jul 12 2011
Time Out Ratings<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has some big shoes to fill. Not only does it cap off a string of well-loved films, but it must do justice to J.K. Rowling's revered novels. For the most part, the final movie comes through—delivering an action-packed, blockbuster conclusion.
Ominous from the outset, the eighth film picks up right where the seventh left off. Having discovered the meaning of the Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron and Hermione seek to track down and destroy the remaining Horcruxes and to vanquish Voldemort, a quest that ends with an epic good-versus-evil showdown at Hogwarts.
Rowling's work certainly gets the Hollywood treatment—complete with high-octane battle sequences that dominate most of the film, a long-time-coming kiss between Ron and Hermione, and a melodramatic montage. Though the flick sticks closely to the book, kids who are die-hard fans of Rowling's series will notice some inconsistencies and omissions. The movie hits on major plot points, but glosses over secondary storylines, like Dumbledore's backstory and Harry's internal revelations.
Still, even the most devout Rowling fans will likely find themselves quickly and completely engrossed by the rapid sequence of events that unfolds. The film's unyielding pace makes two-plus hours fly by—there's rarely a moment where the characters aren't flinging spells at each other or narrowly escaping death. Keep in mind that while the action may tickle thrill-seeking tweens, it's probably too scary for the younger set. In addition to a great deal of wand violence, a few scenes feature disturbing images (bloody wounds, death).
The Deathly Hallows had the daunting task of living up to an incredible amount of hype, and ultimately makes good on the build-up. The satisfaction of watching the series wrap up (happily, no less) will be well worth the price of admission for young Potterheads, who have kept up with Harry with great devotion for so long.
Dir. David Yates. Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes. PG-13. 130min.