Summer Movie Showdown: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Review


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 Summer Movie Showdown: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Review

-- Rating: PG-13
Length: 130 minutes
Release Date: July 11, 2011
Directed by: David Yates
Genre: Adventure/Family/Fantasy

For those who love a good adventure-type fantasy film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will have you on the edge of your seat. Some intense action scenes contain violence and scary images, but the storyline is so emotional and overpowering that these parts only add to the climactic finish.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is the fantasy film that all fans of Harry Potter waited years for. As the last installment of the popular book series, this movie answers all the questions that moviegoers have been dying to learn the answers to. Readers of the books will enjoy that the movie follows the book nearly scene-for-scene all the way to the end of the storyline.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is the epic finale to the worldwide phenomenon that follows the life of a young wizard in his quest to defeat the darkest wizard of his time. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), must find the remaining horcruxes-items that contain pieces of Voldemort's soul-and destroy them before Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his army of Death Eaters destroy and reshape wizardkind forever.

Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off, with Voldemort in possession of the Elder Wand and Harry and his friends plotting to break into Bellatrix Lestrange's (Helena Bonham Carter) vault at Gringotts Bank, where they believe the next horcrux is hidden. Barely escaping the vaults alive, and with one less horcrux left to find, they decide to return to Hogwarts, where they are sure Voldemort has hidden another.

Upon hearing of Harry's arrival, Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), the new headmaster, promises severe punishment to anyone offering help to Harry in his search. Once Voldemort has discovered that Harry has returned to the school, war breaks out and the Battle of Hogwarts begins as Harry races against the clock to find the remaining horcruxes. As the attack starts, students and professors all stand together to ward off the Dark Lord. As the film progresses, the audience learns where true allegiances lie-and that everything is not always what it seems.

Radcliff's Harry Potter is a true icon of the series. Destined to become the greatest wizard of all time, Potter was rescued from a life of neglect at the beginning of the series. He convincingly proved his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by solvesing riddles with the help of Hermione and Ron. For ten years, Radcliff, Watson, and Grint prepared for this moment-the final battle of good versus evil-and their performances do not disappoint. You see them transformed from a boy who struggles with who he is and his sidekicks to three vital and unique characters who are destined to become heroes.
The cast on the whole performs admirably, adding depth and interest to each character.  Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) provides comic relief and droll remarks throughout. Carter puts on a convincing performance as the wicked Bellatrix, and she adds some laughs as well when she plays an awkward Hermione who's pretending to be Bellatrix. Rickman is heartbreaking as Snape. His stoic demeanor drops in a surprising plot twist, leaving not a dry eye in the house. Finally, Matthew Lewis, as Neville Longbottom, proves his acting skills by accurately portraying the complexity of his character, the most unlikely hero at Hogwarts.

This movie is a fantastic end to a series that has forever changed the way some filmgoers regard fantasy. Harry is a symbol throughout this movie, representing everything good that remains under Voldemort's impending reign. He is a beacon of hope in his world and has been ever since he was the little boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. He demonstrates amazing bravery and sacrifice for those he loves, which ultimately proves that good will always conquer  evil, and love and friendship are the most powerful forces of all.

Rating: 4 out of 5