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DR.co.uk's review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
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Thursday, 11 November 2010 16:28
DanRadcliffe.co.uk’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows review by Alex Porter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 cannot be merely described as a rollercoaster of emotions as it is without a doubt an entire funfair. The twists and turns of a rollercoaster, as the plot twists and turns to its inevitable conclusion, the heady spinning of the waltzer as Harry and co fly through London and the love tunnel (and part horror house, I think) of Hermione and Ron’s tentative steps toward each other. Of course you also have the dodgems as the gang try to battle their way towards the story’s cliffhanger ending. And who could forget the feeling of your tummy being left behind on the freefall ride as you realise Bellatrix’s knife has pierced the chest of everyone’s favourite house elf?

For those of you who haven’t read the book (if indeed, there are any) this film sees Harry’s world crumbling around him as Voldemort is taking over the Wizarding World. But before Harry can even think about his final confrontation with the Dark Lord, he needs to turn 17 and attend a wedding; as even Trelawney could have predicted, things do not quite go to plan. Along the way we meet some old friends and get introduced to some new faces while the trio try to hunt down the remaining horcruxes. The issue being that they don’t know where they are or what some of them even look like. On top of that, there’s love affairs to resolve and the questioning of a certain mentor figure.

If some people were worried about the pace of this story, then stop right now. The Camping Trip of Doom is well portrayed and action-filled without feeling rushed. Obviously as it’s a large part of the book, it cannot be skipped over quickly but it is cleverly shot, with the use of moving montages to keep the story ticking over. The cinematography lends itself to the narrative and emphasises the magnitude of the quest that the trio have in front of them.

The Ministry is as beautiful as ever and sets such as Dolores Umbridge’s office and Xenophilius Lovegood’s house are an exact replica of J.K. Rowling’s words, translated onto the screen and are wonderful to behold. The scenes involving Malfoy Manor were particularly vivid and toed the line between terrifying and thrilling very carefully. If I’m honest, I think it may even be a little scary in places and it is definitely deserving of its 12A certificate, if not more. If I’m even more honest, as an adult of 21, I’m glad I did not have to see the film in 3D as no doubt it would have been even more frightening.

Joining our seasoned pros this year, we have Rhys Ifans playing the eccentric Xeno Lovegood as perfectly as you would expect, given his acting CV. The same can be said for Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour despite his all too brief appearance and his slightly dodgy hybrid accent which I believe to be somewhere between Scottish and Welsh. Another newcomer in this film is Domhall Gleeson as Bill Weasley who’s eventual appearance in the series is better late than never.

As for our regulars, Daniel Radcliffe once again returns as our favourite boy-turned-man wizard with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint completing our wonderful trio. Continuing the trend, Rupert Grint is once again the strongest of them all and Ron’s relationship with Hermione is a source of great amusement and frustration for all those who watch, including Harry. Playing the characters for 7 years has no doubt allowed these actors to understand their characters almost as well as J.K. Rowling does herself and this can be seen on screen. Harry and Hermione’s friendship is explored further, especially when they lose something which is obviously integral to them.

Being the first and only film to not feature the safe haven of Hogwarts, it has a very distinct and different feel to it. We get our first hint of this when we see Hermione obliviating her parents right at the very start, it symbolises her transition to adulthood, protecting her family before thinking of herself. From here on in, we know that the decisions the young wizards and witches face are going to be difficult and often heartbreaking. From this point on the focus is very much on the dangers Harry faces which perhaps detracts from the fact that he and his friends, at least in the book, are not the only people fighting the war against Voldemort.

But despite my criticisms, I have to say I loved it and I guarantee you will be coming out of the cinema begging for part 2.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 November 2010 22:44
 

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