Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part Two Review (B+)2.08.11 # Review # 2 Comments
Our Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part Two Review.
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman
Release Date: UK & US – Out Now
And so The Boy Who Made Warner Bros Umpteen Billions Dollars comes to the end of the road… how will it all finish? With a bit of a whimper, as in the book? Or a mighty climax befitting one of the biggest film franchises of all time? Judging from the last-minute reshoots that were ordered, it’s most likely the latter…
You should know what’s up by now. Unless you’re one of approximately two people on the earth who have managed to avoid reading the book and are completely bewildered as to why Warner Bros are acting like this is the filmic equivalent of the Second Coming, there’s nothing left to be explained here.
Summary: Harry Potter’s mission to kill Voldemort once and for all is almost complete, with four Horcruxes left to be destroyed. However, time is running out. Voldemort knows what Harry and his friends are up to and the final battle is upon us.
At last we discover the real reason why the film was split into two: to make more money, er, no, to have a proper final battle, as opposed to the novel’s rather damp squib of a climax. This is all about spectacle. Explosions, dragons, revelations, deaths, chaos and all-out war are all that you’ll find here.
Being so closely linked with the novel, the film does share all of the book’s flaws. Certain plot devices just emerge from nowhere with very little warning and major characters are still killed off-screen – a fact that really irritates given how insanely vicious one on-screen death is. It’s also a bit annoying to see that most of the major cast are relegated to little more than cameos, aside from the marvellous Alan Rickman, who uses his few extra minutes of screen time to take a dump on everyone else from a great height. There’s also the seriously weird epilogue scene, something that looks all kinds of wrong – like seeing a child raid their parents’ wardrobe.
Still, this film is exactly what it as always supposed to be: the end. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 wants to be the mother of all climaxes and it very nearly succeeds in that regard. Some bits are a little too much – Harry and Voldemort go off for a flying battle at one point – but on the whole, it remains largely good fun, although younger children might find a few parts of the film seriously distressing.
If any of this surprises you, what were you expecting? Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits all the major points of the book and brings a few of its own to the party. Explosive, climactic, emotional and epic in every sense, this is the send-off fans have been waiting for since the books ended.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Our Grade: B+