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wrapping up the Potter series

Posted by martinteller on January 2, 2015

I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 a whole lot more the second time around.  Yeah, there’s an awful lot of magical doodads and tchotchkes that need explaining, but the movie doesn’t waste too much on that (and as far as I could tell, never explains the mirror shard Harry carries around).  Instead it gives us some very well-constructed action sequences and interesting adventures.  Even the whole bit in the forest didn’t feel as ponderous as it did the first time, and although Ron’s departure comes off as trumped-up drama for its own sake, it’s justified well enough within the story.  The animation that tells the tale of the titular “hallows” is simply gorgeous… reminiscent of the shadow-puppet work of Lotte Reiniger.  This is the fourth film in a row to end with the death of someone close to Harry, and by this point it’s feeling pretty gratuitous, but the majority of this entry is quite satisfying.  Rating: Very Good (83)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, on the other hand, is a little too exhausting.  There are some really lengthy bits of exposition and, as I said in my first review, too many “epic” scenes coming at you all the time.  Some of it is great stuff, but the movie needs more breathing room.  It’s the shortest in the series but it has a lot going on.  There are a number of things that don’t quite add up, as well.  At one point they say there are three Horcruxes left when, as far as they should know, there are four.  Then they get one and say there’s only one left.  What?  Just weird inconsistencies between what people say and what they should know.  Could be I missed something, or it could be sloppy writing.  Maybe a little of both.  But like I said, there’s some excellent moments here and at least the coda is pulled off better than the novel.  Rating: Very Good (80)

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