HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: Part 1  review
November 20, 2010 · Print This Article
I have already written earlier this week that Harry Potter is the greatest genre series of them all, and I will repeat that again here. The instant the Warner Brothers logo appeared on the IMAX screen tonight, all my fears were gone and I knew HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 was going to deliver. And it did. If you have not read the books, and even if you have, prepare to get roughed up at the end. DEATHLY HALLOWS is a powerful, dark and necessary drama. It is for real.
I do not care if breaking DEATHLY HALLOWS into two parts makes Warner Brothers tons more money, it was the correct and best thing to do for the fans. There is just no way the whole store of DEATHLY HALLOWS could have been told in the 2 hours and 26 minutes of film I saw tonight. For readers of the book like me, things still feel to move on at a frenetic pace as it is. The story needed to be told over 5 hours, and I am thankful it will be.
The PG-13 rating is well earned right from the start. And really, the opening of the movie is spot on showing us what the reality for Harry, Ron and Hermione is right now. The movie jumps right in. And then there is Voldemort and the Death Eaters and the feeling I had that I did not want to be the one suspended in the air over the table.
I loved the camping storyline in the book, though it may have come under some criticism for going on too long. The movie includes a lot of camping time, which I think necessary to show all the courage and wit the three main characters have to raise in order to take on the Herculean task they have set for themselves. Basically, what it takes to become a hero. I cannot stand how the word “hero” is so lightly bestowed upon so many in society for just doing what is in fact their jobs. Harry is showing heroism, as does Hermione, as does Ron. Most of all, as does beloved Dobby.
Come July, the true final end to a glorious decade+ of genre fandom will come to its last close. Such a decade will not come about again soon, if ever. Kicked off by THE MATRIX in 2009, with the Star Wars prequels, the LOTR trilogy, and of course all the Harry Potter books, the final grand event for genre fans will be DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 2 in July 2011. I am ready for the end.
I was devastated when Dobby died in the book. It was a real shock to me. Such an innocent as Dobby, paying the ultimate price, I knew then there would be no holding back on JK’s part. The movie did his death justice. I got roughed up again. It was a very wise decision to use a physical puppet of some kind for his death scene in Harry’s arms. It had much more impact seeing an actual physical thing die. Rage was flowing through me and it was hard to sit still in my seat. I wanted to take action. I eagerly await July 2011.