Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Published on Monday, 18 July 2011 20:00
Written by Will
|Title||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2|
|Directed By||David Yates|
|Written By||Steve Kloves based upon J.K. Rowlings novel of the same name|
|Starring||Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint|
|DVD Distributer||Warner Brothers|
|By It Now On|
Unlikely heroes emerge just as stalwarts fall!
Ten years and eight films later the end has finally come for Harry Potter and the most successful franchise in film history. Was it worth the wait?
The answer to the above question is in my humble opinion, a resounding Yes! Satisfying as a primal thrill ride finale, the end comes almost too soon. I say almost because it is time, to have dragged it out any further would have surely guaranteed an eventual slip in quality. This series was too damn good to have ended on a lesser note. In a corporate run studio system, what J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have accomplished is almost as great a feat as Rowling's publishing phenomenon.
Minor changes and omissions aside, Warner and Director David Yates, managed to deliver as close a facsimile of the source material as was humanly possible. This of course raises the question; If they can do this kind of treatment for Potter, why can't they do it every time an authors work is transcribed to the medium of film?
Partially because Rowling insisted upon checks and balances and hovered over her property like a mother hen protecting her little lightning bolt scarred eggs. The results speak for themselves. Rowling's lightning struck twice and left an indelible mark on popular culture. Whether you like the bespectacled boy wonder or not, the impact is undeniable.
I won't waste your time explaining plot, if your in Harry's camp, you already know where the story is going. If you are one of the few fans who has not devoured the books first, you'll get no hints from me, go see the damn movie. What I will say is, expect a hell ride. Director Yates tears down the walls of Hogwarts and looses the hounds of war on all your favorite characters. The resulting film pushes the boundaries of fantasy film and really leaves you breathless on occasion. A chained dragon, mountain trolls, and the deaths of numerous characters are only the tip of the iceberg in this king of popcorn flicks.
My only complaint with the final installment was its duration. I would have liked, and hope to see, a Director's cut featuring even more action. Other than the let down of it all coming to a close, this was a spot on perfect film. It is dark, brooding, and filled with images reminiscent of footage from the London blitzkrieg. Unlikely heroes emerge just as stalwarts fall. Like all of Rowling's prose, Deathly Hallows
is rooted in fantasy yet mirrors world history in an oddly satisfying marriage. Giving moviegoers a dose of the familiar, Rowling elevated her stories above garden variety fantasy by simply giving readers something to grab hold of. Stories filled with the magical yet rooted in the mundane. Harry is not that different from any one of us, he has victories and he looses magnificently, he is good but harbors painful truths and ugliness that must be confronted. He is all of us and he is none of us, it is this duality that makes all of Rowling's greatest characters more than just words on a page or scenes in a film. Goodbye Harry, Ron, and Hermione, I am glad I took the time to get to know you.