Friday, July 15, 2011

I Just Watched: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

This final Potter film is pure perfection. The attention to detail in the surroundings alone is marvelous (and includes the return of Devil's Snare and Cornish Pixies!). Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is brilliant and has truly shaped into a phenomenal actor. That said, just about every single person in these films is brilliant and I must give shout outs to my other personal favorite characters/performances: Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy). To have turned one of the most (if not the most) beloved book series into films this wonderful is a true accomplishment. The outstanding score, plot, action, special effects and set design of these movies is Oscar worthy in and of itself and I would be shocked to hear of one person who doesn't enjoy watching the conclusion of Harry Potter's story in all its glory, where once and for all good triumphs over evil. I must be sure to say, however, that you should not see this movie without having at least watched Deathly Hallows — Part 1 because it jumps right in (and if you haven't read the books or seen any of the movies please do me a favor and have a marathon of one of the two).
Best on-screen moment: Hermione takes polyjuice potion to become Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham-Carter) in order to break into Gringotts Bank and find a horcrux.

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