Friday, November 12, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: David Yates
Writer: Steve Kloves (screenplay); J.K.Rowling (novel)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Henry Melling, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Ian Kelly, Michelle Fairley, Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman, Carolyn Pickles, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, Jason Issacs, Tom Felton, Timothy Spall, Graham Duff, Peter Mullan, Guy Henry, Michael Gambon, David Ryall, Robbie Coltrane, Brendan Gleeson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, George Harris, Andy Linden, Domhnall Gleeson, Clemence Poesy, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, John Hurt, Frances de la Tour, Evanna Lynch, Rhys Ifans, et al.
Producers: David Barron and David Heyman
Executive Producer: Lionel Wigram
Co-producer: Tim Lewis
Original Music: Alexandre Desplat
Running Time: 146 Minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

It's difficult to keep a franchise fresh and interesting. This is the first part of the seventh and last book of the Harry Potter franchise.

While the story doesn't rely on viewers having seen the previous six films, and there are flashbacks that fill in some of the blanks, knowledge of the books and previous films is definitely helpful.

It's also difficult to keep your child actors children and in this film it's readily apparent that Ron Weasley is more muscular and taller than Harry Potter, his brothers and many of the other characters.

Harry looks older than his 17 years and Draco Malfoy looks absolutely old (which may be why we don't see many full faced shots of him.

Ginny Weasley has grown from a little girl into a tall young woman and Hermione Granger looks and acts all grown up.

Taking into account that the characters are growing up and Professor Dumbledore is dead, Harry and his friends are intent upon overcoming He Who Shall Not Be Named (Lord Voldemort), especially since the Dark Lord wants to establish a race of "pure blood wizards" and is busy eliminating Muggles and accusing many wizards and witches of being impure and/or traitors.

Once again, there are lots of special effects, time transport through access ports, and plenty of magical spells and potions. However, this film is definitely less bloody and slower paced than the previous films.

A great deal of the action takes place in the countryside where Harry and Hermione, and later Ron, hide out while searching for the Deathly Hallows so they can destroy them.

But, the three also face the wrath of the Wizards Ministry while infiltrating their home turf.

Naturally, just when you think you know what's going to happen next, something unexpected happens.

With a cliffhanger ending, Part I will make it an absolute necessity for fans and followers to see Part 2 which will be released during the summer of 2011.