I feel like I should start this review by saying I have seen every Harry Potter film, but I have read none of the books. The exception to this is that my wife and I bought the final book (which this film is based off of) on tape and listened to it on a road trip to and from Colorado a few years ago. So I know what is going to happen and why all of the things that happened in this movie happened.
With that said, this movie was fantastic! I love how the movies have gotten darker and darker as they build up to this war. I love how the actors playing the characters are so at home while in character. And I love that now that Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron are in a war they look old enough that I believe they could actually fight it.
First, the dark tone: Voldemort is back and badder than ever. He has taken over most everything and his minions are doing all sorts of bad. I love how director David Yates equates Voldemort’s army to Nazis. You can see it in their propaganda, their uniforms and by how they treat each other. It adds just that one more layer of evil that makes you hate them even more.
Not to mention all of the death. There is a lot of death. You see characters moments after death, and you hear about other characters dying during the events of the book. Spoiler warning: At the end when Hermione is being tortured, it is a truly scary scene and you feel the hopelessness that is our main characters predicament. End Spoiler.
What I think is amazing about this movie is how many different characters there are and that Yates didn’t waste time explaining who each person is. This is the 7th movie for fucks sake! Each character comes in and does their thing and then goes. And they all do it beautifully. Draco Malfoy is only in this movie for maybe a minute, and in that time you feel sorry and pissed at him for what he is doing.
But I have to admit that my favorite character was this films Yoda: Dobby. If you do not walk out of this film loving Dobby, then you need to stop killing children. That is the only reason I can come up with for how you could possibly not like this character. He is completely CGI, only in the movie for maybe eight minutes, and you will absolutely love him.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows clocks in at just under two and a half hours. It moves at a steady pace, and it is only half of a story. But I would say that it is the best in the series thus far, and it made me incredibly excited for July 15th and the final film in the series. Now that movie is going to be A-MAZ-ING!
Have you seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!