Released July 15, 2011
Directed By David Yates
Starring Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson
Arguably the best film in the Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows Part 2 impresses on nearly all levels. It’s a bittersweet end to a series we have all come to know and love and it literally hurts to see it leave. The characters, the spells, Hogwarts, it’s all been a pleasure to be a part of Potter’s world, but all good things eventually come to an end.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 is epic to say the least. It’s everything Potter fans could ever want, from the final face-off with Voldemort to the final farewells. The film gets emotional, so bring the tissues. It makes for an endearing experience, especially for those who have seen the previous films. That in fact, is it’s strongest asset.
If you want to get technical, everything that made previous Potter films great are all here, from the awesome battles to Hogwarts and all of it’s glory. Well, Hogwarts isn’t exactly the most desirable place to be here, but seeing the place dark, gloomy and under attack gives a new perspective of sorts. It may be a sad sight, but you know Potter and friends are more than capable of saving the day. One scene that was particularly intriguing was the one where Potter and Dumbledore were walking in a very heavenly-looking place, dubbed as a “station”. The scene was marvelous, it’s moments like this that make a movie great. It was touching and emotional.
As for the acting and directing, it doesn’t get much better. Radcliffe and company have grown into these characters and it’s been second nature for them for the past decade. Director David Yates has done a spectacular job, especially here, to finish off the renowned series. The visual effects are simply mesmerizing here as well, making for a realistic experience. Production values? Through the roof.
There isn’t much bad to say about the film, other than it’s lack of sheer build-up, angst, and excitement of the previous entries. It’s not perfect, but it’s the perfect way to end one of the most impressive, dazzling film series of all time. Long live Harry Potter!
4.5 out of 5