Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a 2011 Warner Bros. Pictures action fantasy film and is the eighth and final film in the Harry Potter franchise following 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2009’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.  All the movies are based on the novels written by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released in 2D, Real D Digital 3D, and IMAX 3D.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Academy Award Nominee Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Academy Award Nominee Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Academy Award Nominee John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Academy Award Winner Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, and Academy Award Nominee Julie Walters.

The music is written and composed by Academy Award Nominated Composer Alexandre Desplat, based on the themes written by Academy Award Winning Composer John Williams (Harry Potter 1, 2, & 3), Academy Award Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter 4), and Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter 5 & 6).

The film’s screenplay is written by Steve Kloves, based upon the novel by J.K. Rowling.

The film is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Heyday Films.  It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is directed by David Yates.

Ahhhh, the last Harry Potter film.  10 years of wizards, wands, and British people.  Well let me just say that this is the best film that director David Yates has put out in the series (he has directed the films since Order of the Phoenix).  But with that said, there really isn’t much to go on with this movie.  Since it’s the conclusion of the last novel in the series, all this movie really is is one long fight between a huge group of people with wands.  But I do have to say, I haven’t enjoyed a Harry Potter film since 2005 when Goblet of Fire came out, so this film was a pleasure to watch.

All of the original members from the previous films return for this final installment, and the acting is just how it’s always been……very British.  Although with the last film in the series, do you really care about the acting?  It was nice to see Maggie Smith get to say more than a few lines this time around.  And as always, Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman are always a pleasure to watch on screen and always bring their “A” games.

The story was almost nonexistent, mainly due to this movie being only part of the last book.  This movie really is one long fight, whether we are following Harry and friends, or some of the teachers in the courtyard fighting Voldemort‘s forces.  This was the type of fighting that I’ve wanted to see in Harry Potter since the beginning, similar to what I’m still waiting for with just-a-fighting-robots movie in Transformers.  It was one giant special effects reel!!!  Maybe it was like the last book…I really don’t know, because I never read the last book.  I got sick of them after the fourth.

With this being a 2-hour special effects show, they were actually pretty impressive.  These are the cleanest effects the series has had to offer.  And I do have to say this now…this is the cleanest post production 3D conversion I’ve ever seen.  While it is still no where near the quality of shooting a film in 3D like 20th Century Fox‘s Avatar or Paramount and Hasbro‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it’s streets ahead of converted films like Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans and Nickelodeon‘s The Last Airbender.  Let’s just say, I’m sick and tired of post conversion 3D films!!!  If you are going to release a film in 3D, have the decency to shoot the film in 3D and save the audience the infuriating headache.  Studios believe the average person cannot tell the difference.  Most people do though, they just don’t know why it looks bad.

The music was everything we’ve heard before from this series.  Mainly because it’s the eighth film in the series, so why make new themes.  I’m not the biggest fan of Alexandre Desplat, but when you have the majority of the work done already by the great John Williams, what work is really left to do???

Thank God this movie was only about 2 hours and 10 minutes long.  We haven’t had a Potter movie this short in YEARS!!!  We got all the exciting parts without any of the stupid teenage crap that the last film brought us.  We have all lived with this story for the last 10 years on the big screen, and even though it wasn’t near my favorite, a part of me is sad to see it end.

a 6 out of 10

(release date: 15 July 2011)

Warner Bros. Pictures presents
a Heyday Films production   a David Yates film   “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”   Daniel Radcliffe   Rupert Grint   Emma Watson   starring Helena Bonham Carter   Robbie Coltrane   Warwick Davis   Ralph Fiennes   Michael Gambon   John Hurt   Jason Isaacs   Gary Oldman   Alan Rickman   Maggie Smith   David Thewlis   Julie Walters   music by Alexandre Desplat
executive producer Lionel Wigram   screenplay by Steve Kloves   based upon the novel by J.K. Rowling
produced by David Heyman  David Barron  J.K. Rowling
directed by David Yates

~ by Matt Whitfield on July 24, 2011.

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