The last of the Harry Potter series goes out not with a whimper, but with a large BANG as Harry & the gang (but mostly Harry) take on “He Who Won’t Be Named” (aka Voldemort) in a showdown of epic proportions. Not only is this the showcase ending to an amazing run of Potter films, it has also been considered as THE best of all the rest and I am here to tell you…I don’t necessarily agree…however I can see where Potter purists are coming from.
For those of you in the know, Harry Potter and his 2 best friends, Ron & Hermione, embarked on a journey to find the horcruxes in Part I. Where Part I was the setup for this film, it was a slow buildup. In this one, the gang have their sights set on the remaining 3 horcruxes and are set on destroying them before Voldemort can get his horny little paws on them. What ARE horcruxes? Well…if you don’t know, that means you A) haven’t read the books or B) haven’t seen Part I. So let me just say this…go see BOTH of them. Rent Part I and then hustle down to your local theater (yes…I AM late to the game. This movie came out well over a month ago) and see Part II because, quite frankly, these 2 films are the most exciting fantasy films to hit the theaters since the The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The only difference between them is that we have watched these characters grow since the original Potter back in 2001 and what a ride it has been!
Along the way we have seen so many magical things and one of the MOST magical transformations has been the acting ability of all parties involved. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have grown so much through the years and it has been a joy to watch them on this ride of fantastic film-making. The finale brings them even more into their own as actors and with a great surrounding class (including Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Tom Felton and a cast of hundreds), this will likely be considered on par with the Rings trilogy. For MY money, the III film, “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban,” is my favorite of the Potter series, however this and its predecessor are easily 2 & 3 and should be considered Oscar material for 2011.
Without giving anything away, here are some of the highlights of Part II: there’s a kiss, there’s a few deaths, there’s a lot of ghosts and the school of Hogwarts has seen better days. These are all a part of what is a spectacular summer blockbuster that deserves every rave review it has gotten. Go see “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II” in the theaters while you can. It deserves to be seen in its full glory!
Overall Rating: A+
Overall Rating with Part I: A+
Overall Rating With ALL Films: A- (the second film kinda sucked in my opinion)
10 Second Review: Harry and his friends have been quality entertainment for over a decade. This is the icing on the cake. Go see it YESTERDAY!