Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
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Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever…but Dark Forces in their midst threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile the wizarding world has become a dangerous place. The long-feared war has begun and the Dark Lord has seized control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting all who might oppose him. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is a brooding, slower-paced film than its predecessors, the result of being just one half of the final story (the last book in the series was split into two movies, released in theaters eight months apart). Because the penultimate film is all buildup before the final showdown between the teen wizard and the evil Voldemort (which does not occur until The Deathly Hallows, Part II), Part I is a road-trip movie, a heist film, a lot of exposition, and more weight on its three young leads, who up until now were sufficiently supported by a revolving door of British thesps throughout the series. Now that all the action takes place outside Hogwarts--no more Potions classes, Gryffindor scarves, or Quidditch matches--Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) shoulder the film almost entirely on their own. After a near-fatal ambush by Voldemort's Death Eaters, the three embark on a quest to find and destroy the remaining five horcruxes (objects that store pieces of Voldemort's soul). Fortunately, as the story gets more grave--and parents should be warned, there are some scenes too frightening or adult for young children--so does the intensity. David Yates, who directed the Harry Potter films Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince, drags the second half a little, but right along with some of the slower moments are some touching surprises (Harry leading Hermione in a dance, the return of Dobby in a totally non-annoying way). Deathly Hallows, Part I will be the most confusing for those not familiar with the Potter lore, particularly in the shorthand way characters and terminology weave in and out. For the rest of us, though, watching these characters over the last decade and saying farewell to a few faces makes it all bittersweet that the end is near (indeed, an early scene in which Hermione casts a spell that makes her Muggle parents forget her existence, in case she doesn't return, is particularly emotional). Despite its challenges, Deathly Hallows, Part I succeeds in what it's most meant to do: whet your appetite for the grand conclusion to the Harry Potter series. --Ellen A. Kim
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : WHV1000156311DVD
- Director : David Yates
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 26 minutes
- Release date : April 15, 2011
- Actors : Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B001UV4XHY
- Number of discs : 1
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Also, as a movie, we watch as the character relationships between Ron and Hermione and Harry and Ginger come to fruition. The acting by all concerned in these films has been a delight to watch.
I have only one negative, and that has to do with the 3D version of the film: it comes across as way too dark. When I watch the 2D Blueray version, it looks great, but for some reason, 3D is not nearly as enjoyable because of that darkness. I attempted to find some way to lighten it up, but couldn't figure it out. My other 3D films, such as Avatar or Life of Pi, etc don't have this problem, so I am wondering if it was simply a case of this particular version of the Deathly Hallows that has this issue. Part 2 has the same problem in 3D. I will continue to investigate and see if there is any solution to this. BTW: I have a 60" LG "smart" 3D tv. I have had no other issues at all with other 3D films with this set.
If you are a fan of the whole Harry Potter experience, Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a must and is yet another very worthy work of art in that franchise. Obviously, if you are not a fan, then there is probably little here that will compel you to seek it out. It is part of a piece and an essential component of the whole.
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So why only 4 stars you may ask? well, unfortunately large parts of the film focus on rather boring parts of the book, following Potter, Weasley and Granger through the woods, around London and various other places just talking and trying to avoid death, although the book was really good, in the film because its no longer based at Hogwarts the magic seems to have warn off! The scenery isn't up to scratch, (just walking around London isn't good enough for a potter film) now i know i'm probably going to get slated for saying that and knocking it down a star but where as you watched all previous films with anticipation and excitement you watch this trying to egg the film into a bit of action, it doesn't have those high octane magic moments of previous films i guess is what i'm trying to say. Its good but not the best. Now this review is only my opinion and if you haven't seen the film then i recommend you do so. If your a HP fan then you like it BUT it won't blow you socks off like previous ones!!
VERDICT: Its a solid Potter film but it's definitely lost some magic somewhere.
RECOMMEND TO ALL POTTER FANS!!
p.s. a note on delivery, i ordered this on Wednesday and selected first class (which is extra) and the item didn't come until Tuesday the following week!!! (first class is suppose to be with you within 2 days)... Not Amazons fault i know as they dispatched the item on time and within 24 hours, it's royal mail being lazy as usual! my advice is don't bother with first class post just use the standard Free delivery as it doesn't seem to make much of a difference!!