Full Movie Reviews
JLFM - wrote on 08/19/2013
After viewing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I declared it the worst of the Potter films so far. It was quickly replaced, however, by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Still, when all was said and done, I enjoyed the films, as they still managed to mostly display what had made the more entertaining predecessors so enjoyable. Unfortunately, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (an extraordinarily tedious name to say or type), is the new weakest entry for the series, and it could hardly be considered enjoyable.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out on a quest to destroy the Horocruxes which keep Voldemort immortal. And that's essentially the entire plot.
There are a number of things that make the Harry Potter films enjoyable. The characters are the main …
memento_mori - wrote on 07/19/2013
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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/10/2011
As a huge fan of Star Wars and Lord of The Rings franchise, I felt a bit biased with these 2 and shrugged of all the hype I heard about Harry Potter. Who doesn’t love a local farm boy becoming a Jedi/hero or a Hobbit enduring every obstacle to make history (many symbolisms as well from both franchises)? How can I become interested with 3 kids who are in a school to learn magic? After watching the very first film (Sorcerer’s Stone) I felt a little connection with the characters of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. Ron was the comic relief and buddy of Harry. Hermione reminded me of Election’s Tracy Flick, who is a active smart book worm and very conniving. She is a toned version since she is one of the 3 protagonists. Harry, like Neo in the Matrix, is the shy …
Myviewing - wrote on 11/28/2010
If you've been under a rock for the last nine years, the Harry Potter franchise is now winding down to the final book, but with the obvious subtitle inserted, it's clear that this isn't exactly the final installment as of yet (that will come July of next year).
With Dumbledore dead, a shaken Harry, Ron and Hermoine must flee from their families from the overarching storm that is Voldemort and his army now in charge of the Ministry of Magic. The trio must now embark on a crusade to find the four remaining Horcruxes that will destroy Voldemort forever before the Muggle world is subject to the Dark Lord's wrath. That's the basic overall plot of the film and without giving too much away, the film is conclusive in the same way 95% of trilogy part twos are conclusive. Thankfully with the …
goodfellamike - wrote on 11/25/2010
In trying to bring the massive 7th novel to the big screen, screenwriter Steve Kloves faced a mighty challenge: keep it one movie or divide it into two pieces? That is was decided to split it up, one must ask if it was to keep the integrity of JK Rowling's rich details intact or to fill everyone's Gringott's vault twice. Whichever, for a true Harry Potter fan, it's an exciting prospect to get more than one concluding film to judge separately.
Here in the penultimate film of the saga, Hogwart's students Harry, ROn and Hermione have accepted the challenge of scouring the countryside for the 7 Horcruxes that Lord Voldemort is using to keep his evil soul prisoner. Once they are destroyed, Voldemort will be mortal and vulnerable. It's a welcome change of pace to see the kids, now full …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/21/2010
As soon as this movie opens, you know you're dealing with a different Harry Potter film. Hermione literally erases her existence from her parents. Harry watches as his godparents the Dursley family packs up the entire house and leaves him alone and he wistfully opens the small cupboard under the stairs where he spent his youth before finding out he was the most important person in the magical world. Long gone are the days of Quiddich and Yule Balls - things are deathly serious now.
Out of all the films, this one is by far the most emotionally challenging, the most dramatic and the most intense. The actors have grown with their roles and they really shine here. They manage to bring back plenty of the actors from the previous series, along with introducing a few more into the mix, but …
patjohnson76 - wrote on 11/20/2010
Another solid entry to the Harry Potter franchise, and the most dedicated to the text it comes from so far. Sure, some things are cut are marginalized, but that's to be expected with every book-to-screen transition. What David Yates continues to do so well in this franchise is getting the characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermione more than just their literary counterparts, and with this film, it's his best yet. When I read this book, it was so exciting to read it never really hit me just how troubled our heroes are and how outmatched they are, and Yates brings this to life brilliantly. I do fear it may not appeal to the non-book reading audience, and in the end it may well best be viewed with part 2 right behind it. Still, the franchise is full steam ahead for it's conclusion next year.