Funeral wreaths at the ready, for Harry Potter is bowing out. The record-breaking film series, adapted with a stentorian reverence from the JK Rowling bestsellers, totters towards the exit door at the end of a nine-year, seven-picture marathon, as its total running time nudges 20 hours and its inhabitants age before our eyes.
Yes, it really is dark times for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). The lighthearted and fun moments of their childhood at the idyllic Hogwarts of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone have been replaced by a fraught with peril search for survival in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. Director David Yates has been handed the wand for this, his third HP adventure, and like his previous efforts in The Half-Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix, he has had no problem casting a dark spell over the franchise. Working with a screenplay by Steve Kloves, who has adapted all of the J.K. Rowling books except Order of the Phoenix, The Deathly Hallows is about the search for the Horcruxes that Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) needs to complete his resurrection.
The seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s mega-zillion-dollar series was so hefty that director David Yates and writer Steve Kloves divided the story in two, with the finale arriving in July. Hopefully “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” feels more tightly plotted than “Half-Blood Prince,” which thrived on lighthearted cheer that’s virtually absent from the latest and mostly humorless installment.
The movie, in other words, belongs solidly to Mr. Radcliffe, Mr. Grint and Ms. Watson, who have grown into nimble actors, capable of nuances of feeling that would do their elders proud. One of the great pleasures of this penultimate “Potter” movie is the anticipation of stellar post-“Potter” careers for all three of them.
So coming to the movie. Well I was very to get a chance to watch the movie on the very first day of the release ( well its been a long term plan of getting tickets for the first day itself ). The movie is simply great and mind-blowing ( especially for the fans 🙂 ). Even though the movie wasn’t in 3D, there a were a lot of scenes which gives the 3D feeling and if the movie was in 3D yo… the movie would be rocking more further. Really love the way how the movie started !! The sync between the flash backs with the present scenes were good. Visual scenes, especially the countryside scenes are awesome !! The movie is made more rich in graphics and yea loving it well !! The way which the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is taken, keeps us more interested in watching / discussing the next and coming final movie : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ” Part 2
To be fair to “Deathly Hallows,” the filmmakers have tried hard to fill the proceedings with battles and chases and debilitating curses. Genuine filmmaking excitement, however, is harder to provide. One look at the most visually striking part of the film, a vibrant and involving animation sequence supervised by Ben Hibon that tells the Deathly Hallows origin story, demonstrates more vividly than any review could exactly what this film has been missing.
My Rating : 3 / 5 ( For a fan it can be 3.5 or 4 )
The movie is currently showing at Cinemax Cochin and Srihar Movies Cochin