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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Movie Review by Keith Kelly

I’m going to admit right up front that I haven’t read any of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, other than the first book. I’m finally going to buy the box set and do some catching up, but for right now, this review won’t be a comparison or critique about book vs. movie.

I have viewed all the films, however, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 1, is easily one of the best entries in the franchise. Gripping and intense, moody and magical, this complex story is filled with spot-on performances from the whole cast, especially from our world-weary heroic young adults. They’re not the cherry-cheeked, optimistic and idealistic youngsters we saw in the first few films. They’ve grown up-figuratively and literally. While visually impressive, the “Deathly Hallows” is, at heart, a character-driven epic.

This mature chapter deepens the ongoing themes of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice. Gritty, dark and full of emotion, it’s a sad tale constructed with a great mixture of action, a bit of humor and drama. Also included is a very cool animated origin of the Deathly Hallows that’s a real treat, and a stylistic departure from any of the other films.

Things slow down a bit in the middle, and some critics have complained that it drags here some, but I really enjoyed the chance to get a little deeper look into the courageous trio. Director David Yates takes his time here, and allows the characters enough time to live and breathe-not just be the centerpieces to action sequences.

HP7 is the most expansive film of the series and should not disappoint any of the legions of fans. Is it as good or better than the novel? I don’t know-yet, but it sure seems to be a very worthy addition.

I give “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” a grade of “A”. I’m Keith Kelly.

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