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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 Review

Posted in Harry Potter on November 20, 2010 by watsonprime

It’s a long story‚Ķ

After three years studying Advertising, I’ve got used to looking at things and working out who the intended audience is, after watching Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 I have a feeling that no-one has a clue who they were making the film for.

When one thinks of Harry Potter, one imagines a world of magical adventure with a an eclectic and slightly odd cast of characters dealing with “mild peril” that’s aimed towards children. Unfortunately The Deathly Hallows is nothing like that. It’s equal parts gloomy, gothic and gruesome with moments of pure pant-shitting terror mixed with a surprisingly raunchy topless makeout scene (between Harry and Hermione, yeah, I didn’t believe it when I heard about it either).

The film itself is struggling to be fitted into the series, while it’s a beautifully shot film, showcasing some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes, there is no visual link between that and the previous films. While it seems wrong to judge a film based on it’s predecessors, when the film in question is the seventh in line it’s almost a necessity. While the previous films had a self contained story beginning and ending with a journey to and from Hogwarts, Deathly Hallows feels like the middle of a story, which I guess it is, but it doesn’t make for a good film.

Due to the fact that the films have steadily been gathering a massive cast featuring every single british actor ever (except Dexter Fletcher apparently, so I guess he’ll be in the next one?) the amount of characters in Deathly Hallows is too much to deal with, while I understand that the director is trying to stick to the source material, it unfortunately becomes too strenuous trying to remember who was who in a film that is based more on cameos than actual characters.

As I mentioned, the film is pretty terrifying. Now, this could be just me and my crippling fear of snakes, plus the fact that I had forgotten everything in the book so I wasn’t expecting certain scenes, but I imagine any child who tried to sleep after seeing the film would have nightmares for sure.

Also, I understand the Voldemort was trying to piss off Ron, but seriously, Emma Watson topless? The only people you’re going to piss off are the parents who took their kids to see the film.

The main problem I have with this film, and really it’s no-ones fault, is the terrible, terrible actors. While the main trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint do a pretty good job, and of course all of England’s finest play their parts well, most of the child actors who were obviously good enough to find their way into the first film ten years ago, have some of the most awful line readings I have ever seen in a mainstream film. The Weasley Twins in particular, who are supposed to be the comic relief (?) give such wooden performances that I’m not sure if they’re actually supposed to be enchanted dolls given sentience by some Dark Magic.

I didn’t really enjoy the film, but that could be due to the fact that I worked in a book store when the last book came out (You weren’t there man, you wouldn’t understand). I imagine if you are a hardcore fan you’ll probably enjoy it, but I imagine there will be a whole bunch of people wandering out of the cinema a little bit confused about what they just saw.