Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part I review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/10/11
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 version of “the one.” He is naturally gifted and known because of his legacy while being a baby. I felt some parts of the first HP was slow, but felt it had to introduce the 3 main characters. I felt the first installment was good since the accuracy from book to film was depicted, the humor and drama was mixed well and that the special effects was realistic (well, for me, the 1st introduction of Fluffy felt CGI). The plot was there after half of the film so one has to endure a lot of dialogue to fully understand the nature of the movie.
Fast forward to 2010 and several films from the franchise. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I with a more mature cast and a dark setting/plot. An evil Voldemort forms a team to take over the Ministry of Magic. Yes he reminds me of the Sith lord Palpatine from Star Wars. Familiar faces appear. Chaos from the beginning, the way the other wizards protected Harry up to the relationship of Ron and Hermione. Those with no magical powers (Muggles they call them) have been captured. The 3 character’s friendship and perseverance has been tested. In the end, it speaks volumes of their bond. This film showed more wit (in solving the triangular symbol and story of the 3 brothers) and action that even a newbie can appreciate. A proper burial of a friend shows respected by Harry. The success of Part is imminent, but I bet it will be the best in the franchise and may break some records along the line. Much respect here from a Jedi/Hobbit fan. Looking forward in a couple of months to view part II and see how it all ends.