Monday, November 21, 2016

Movie Review: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011)

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Movie"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
Director: David Yates
Year: 2011
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Now that Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) have discovered how to destroy the horcruxes, they need to locate the remaining few and face off with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his army of Death Eaters.

"Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2" is the epic finale to the Harry Potter series. It is once again directed by David Yates and written by Steve Kloves based on the final half of the final book in the series by J.K. Rowling. This last installment picks up right where the first half left off with a cold open even prior to the title screen. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, again played for the last time by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, have discovered how to destroy the horcruxes, pieces of Voldemort's soul, and now, they just have to find the final ones, destroy them, and face off with He Who Shall Not be Named, again played by Ralph Fiennes.

With seven movies of build-up in the bag, this final installment gives us the brilliant, amazing finale we had all hoped for: an incredible showdown between the forces of good and evil, and Harry Potter finally fulfilling his destiny as the Chosen One. This film has non-stop, exciting action and deep, heartfelt emotion. It offers closure with one of the series' most complex characters, Alan Rickman's Severus Snape, which makes it even harder to watch since his passing in early 2016. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" also offers a deeper understanding in regard to Harry's relationship the aforementioned Snape and Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon in flashbacks.

As the wizarding war comes to its conclusion it is clear that its effects will remain for years and possibly decades to come. Much like real war, none of those involved will ever be the same and will always live with the demons and loss that came with it. Many twists and turns happen in these last two films, and it's always incredible to watch how this entire world formed and ultimately ended. In a rare occurrence, this series finishes on a high point. J.K. Rowling proved that she really understood not only the overall universe, but her individual characters as well, never once losing sight of the end game, even when things got tough for our protagonists. David Yates and Steve Kloves managed to adapt her work brilliantly to the big screen, and we could not be more thrilled with the final product of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2." It is always kind of bittersweet to see a series come to an end, but the send-off given to the audience is touching, poignant, and most of all, true to itself. Even though the wizarding world will now continue to expand in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," we know our journey with Harry, Hermione, and Ron, are over. Even though it's hard to say goodbye, they really could not have gotten a better farewell.

My Rating: 10/10
BigJ's Rating: 10/10
IMDB's Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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