Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

13 07 2011

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is the finale to the Potter franchise. Its gorgeous cinematography, magnificent performances, seamless special effects, beautiful score, and long-awaited answers create the best film in the franchise. Don’t get me wrong, every Potter film is excellent, and without any previous installment, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” would not be as good as it is, but is undeniably the most satisfying one. It’s also the best because it’s a good finale. It’s hard to make a good finale, and even harder to make a great one, but David Yates succeeds in making one of the best finales in film history.

I took about 18 hours out of my life to view all of the Potter films chronologically before seeing “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” and what amazed me most, is how good the franchise actually is. Just look at “Twilight,” or “Pirates of the Caribbean,” I fairly enjoy both of those franchises (mainly the latter one), but they don’t even come close to how much work has been put into this franchise. The Potter films are as good technically as they are emotionally. I haven’t seen a bad Potter film to date. I haven’t even seen one scene in any Potter film that I disliked. Everything about this franchise is perfect, and “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is everything I hoped for a finale.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their search for the remaining Horcruxes, magical items in which a person can store part of their soul, so that even after their death, the part of their soul lives on. In this case, that person is Voldemort, Harry Potter’s nemesis, and obviously the primary antagonist of the movie. Antagonist #2 is probably death eater Severus Snape, who has after Dumbledore’s death, been appointed the new headmaster of Hogwarts. His reign is soon put to an end as Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts, having destroyed most of the Horcruxes.

The performances are all good, but what caught my eyes and ears most, was Alan Rickman as Snape. Rickman’s a masterclass actor, and adept at playing villains (“Die Hard”). I’ve always liked Snape. He’s got style, and even though he’s never laughing, or crying, or doing anything besides looking grim, Snape is my favorite character of the franchise. By the middle of this movie, I was weeping for Snape. We finally learn his true allegiance, and what’s with his constipated look all the time. He is the best character in the Harry Potter franchise. Rickman should receive the Oscar nomination he has so long deserved. He creates a Severus Snape to remember. First, Snape was bad, then he was good, then he was bad, then he was declared good, then he did something very bad to Dumbledore, and was horrible, and now he’s… I’d rather not spoil it for you.

Most of the film is the final battle of Hogwarts. People die, people seem to die, and people get resurrected again. People who are good turn out to be not so good, people who are bad turn out to be not so bad, most people who are bad stay bad, and the same for good people. I’m sad that the Potter franchise ended. It could’ve gone out on a sweeter note, but that would’ve changed the importance of the series. As I’ve said before, the latest films in the series feel important, as if Voldemort would not be defeated, my life could be on stake. Maybe I’ve just watched them too many times, but that’s how it is.

I did this for movies that I reviewed last year, and not a single movie has been so good this year to deserve the following (perhaps only “Super 8”). At the 84th Academy Awards, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” should be nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Rickman), Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. Rickman should win. He should’ve won for “Half-Blood Prince” come to think of it. Anyway…

When the final battle is over, and the film appears to end, I am sad, but as the epilogue plays, I feel happy again. As if my life is no longer in danger. As if all bad has evaporated from the world. I feel happiness. And in the end, the person to save the world from destruction, is not who we’d expect him to be. It’s… Again, I’d rather not spoil the movie for you.

Rating: ★★★★

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_kDb-pRCds

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6 responses

14 07 2011
Jonks

Tere.
Oli kah.
Miks sa kõik filmid hindad kas 3,5 4 või 4,5. Kunagi pole 5 või 3 või alla-üle nende.
гapи пoтэpы учки иe нрaвитcя
Mul läks 7 minutit et internetist neid tähti üles otsida.

15 07 2011
Karl Kevad

Mul on nelja tähe süsteem, nagu ka enamikel arvustajatel. Ja ma pole kunagi 4,5 hindand.

15 07 2011
Karl Kevad

½ – 0.5/4
★ – 1/4
★½ – 1.5/4 (näiteks “Cars 2”)
★★ – 2/4
★★½ – 2.5/4
★★★ – 3/4 (näiteks “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”)
★★★½ – 3.5/4 (näiteks “X-Men: First Class”)
★★★★ – 4/4 (näiteks “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”)

Kindlasti üks põhjus miks enamus arvustatud filmid hea hinnangu saavad on see, et pole palju filme lihtsalt näinud, ja need mis näinud olen on head olnud (välja arvatud siis “Cars 2”).

On miski veel hägune? 😀
Ja mis sääl kirillitsas kirjas on, mida see tähendab?

15 07 2011
Karl Kevad

Nelja tähega hinnangusüsteem on parim kuna arvustus peab alati olema kas negatiivne või positiivne, ja mitte neutraalne, kui siis väga väga harva. 2.5 on positiivne hinnang, 2 on negatiivne. Viie tähega hinnangusüsteemis oleks 2.5 keskmine.

Filmikriitika loodi ikka peamiselt selleks, et vaataja saaks valida mis filmi vaatama läheb.

16 07 2011
Jonks

Ahah Sa oleksid pidanud sellest enne rääkima lehe külastajatele muidu nad satuvad segadusse ja enam ei tule siia.

Aga miks pole 2?! või 1?! meelega vaatad ainult häid filme jah

16 07 2011
Karl Kevad

Kui mul on valida kas minna vaatama “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” või jälle “Cars 2,” siis ma pigem võtan esimese. Ja küll neid kaheseid/üheseid filme ka tuleb, oota sa!

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