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Posted on 7/14/11 05:54 PM
I don't think there is any one word that can describe my feelings towards this film. But if I had to choose one word; it would be 'sad'. Not sad because it's a bad movie, but because it is all over - this is the last one. I grew up with the Harry Potter books and movies, and I can still remember my parents taking me to see the first movie when I was a young child. I still remember going to the theatre to see each new instalment in the series, and I think I took them all for granted. Only now do I realize that never again will I be able to line up to see another Harry Potter movie, never again will I be able to 'feel the magic' radiated by each new film. I know how corny this must all sound, but I truly love Harry Potter; it was, and forever will be, a huge part of my childhood. Too be honest I didn't really enjoy many of the movie adaptations in the series after the third one; I still liked them, just not as much however. Despite this, I still felt obliged to see this last one - I had to. Too be honest I could review this entire film based just off of my emotions, but I'll avoid doing that...for now.
As soon as this movie started, it did just that - it started. No epic introduction, no powerful opening scene, it basically just picked off directly where Part I ended. I understand that this is what it is, a second part to basically one really long movie, but I couldn't help but feel that as soon as this movie started I had just come back from a really long add brake after seeing Part I. It's nothing major, but the opening of the movie kind of pissed me off a bit, and too be honest that is the only big problem I had with the film. As every other Harry Potter movie has done (Order of the Phoenix, I'm looking at you) Deathly Hallows Part II left out some key elements from the book. But in all fairness; if they had kept in these key elements it would have made the movie seem ridiculous. Unfortunately I can't say what they left out because I would ruin the movie for you, and I hate reviews with spoilers in them as much as the next person. Another point I would like to make is the running time of the movie. Deathly Hallows Part II goes for roughly 130 minutes, so about 2 and a bit hours. But trust me - it feels like 90 minutes. There was so much happening throughout the movie, yet it still went so fast. That could be because I was enjoying myself so much, or because I never wanted the movie to end, but because I knew it would - it went faster. I'm not sure if any of that last sentence makes any sense to you, but feelings really are hard to describe in words.
I could go over how amazing the special effects are in this movie, but you all know what to expect from a Harry Potter movie - so if you have seen the last couple of instalments then you pretty much know what the quality of the effects will be like in this film. The one area I really want to focus on in this review is the acting. This movie has some of the greatest acting I have ever witnessed in my life. All of the characters, no matter how small a role they play, all give terrific performances, and it really adds to the already emotionally powerful feeling you get when watching this film.
The last few Potter films have been very dark, and this is no exception, but this movie managed to capture the magical feeling I got when I saw the first Potter movie all those years ago, and that was lost after about the third movie. I'm not sure how it did it, but I'm so glad it pulled it off.
I still can't figure out what word to use to describe what impact this film had on me, so I'm going to go with what I said earlier; sad, but a good kind of sad. As those end credits appeared on the screen I was about to cry. Now I don't consider myself soft, personally I consider myself to be a fairly strong man, emotionally speaking that is (now that's not to say I'm physically soft though hahaha), and it takes a lot for a movie to make me feel like crying - but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II struck a nerve. It was probably the realisation that as I said previously, it's over. The Harry Potter series is my childhood, I grew up with it, and now it's over. But to be honest - I can't think of a better way for it to end.