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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 
Two and a half hours of nothing.
1.5/4 stars

Here we go.

The movie is like a balloon. Full of nothing but air.
This movie shows itself off as big and sophisticated, when it's anything but. Oh great, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint can get into an argument on-screen; I think I smell Academy Awards around the corner. It is so horribly paced, it feels like it's afraid to move from that one spot in the woods.
Think about it, what was achieved by the end of the film? Did the characters develop? No. Did they come any closer to defeating Voldemort? No.
I was there on opening night, paid full price for 3D, and sat there with my friend with stupid expressions on our faces for the majority of the film, waiting for something to happen. And when something did happen, like the brilliant CGI snake jump scare, I was dying of laughter, so was my friend; because it was so terribly set up.
Harry Potter is known for its feel-good style and fast sequences, but here they tried to go dark. I welcome that choice, I love it when a movie in a series goes dark, but this was just an over-acted, underwhelming, convoluted mess.
And don't tell me the direction and production design look good. Ooooh, a bunch of trees being zoomed in and out quickly, excellent cinematography.

All in all, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One was a disappointment. Sure, it was nice to see them out of Hogwarts, but with that to their advantage, why don't they actually go anywhere and stop camping? Every conversation can be summed up shortly in this movie: Did you find any Horcruxes today? No. THE END.

It's the one in the series that you are welcome to skip. It's just not Harry Potter.


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