Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Best Potter Ever!
Everybody has been waiting for this film and now it is finally here and it is the most spectacular Harry Potter of them all. I nearly lost control of my bowels watching it, I was so excited.
As everyone already knows, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are on the run, looking for the horcruxes, hoping to collect them all to destroy Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) while Voldemort and his minions are trying to take over everything. It's so scary!
Things amp up to unbelievable levels of excitement in this final saga and the final battle between good and evil is like nothing you've ever seen. In fact, the entire movie is like one, big thrill-ride, filled with action-packed sequences that will leave you completely breathless. I think this film was better than the first time I made sweet, sweet love. I just felt so overwhelmed, so completely swept away by its magnificence.
If one harkens back to the first film, Daniel Radcliffe doesn't even seem like the same actor now. It's like he used to be Brad Pitt and now he's Robert De Niro. Though I loved him just as much then as I do now and will give him children one day if he'll let me, his growth as an actor has been nothing short of astonishing. I think the same goes for Rupert Grint, who has really developed Ron into a great character. Both give their characters a seriousness and levity that we simply haven't seen before. I expect big, big things for them both for the future, like maybe Prime Minister of Britain. Hey, if acting is political capital, they deserve it.
There's so much in this film that delivers catharsis that I almost exploded with joy. There's been so much tension between Ron and Hermoine and finally we get to see them express their love for each other and it is beautiful and inspiring, like flowers blooming in the spring or fish spawning or like when you open a jar of peanuts for the first time and that peanut smell just wafts into your nostrils.
Then there's the revelation about Snape, which is so wonderful because I've never believed that he was as bad as everyone was making him out to be. He's kind of like the Newt Gingrich of Hogwarts. I really always believed Dumbledore and finally - vindication! Then, of course, there's the battle between Harry and Voldemort, which is everything a fan would hope for. The final cathartic moment is the coda, where we see Harry in the future - so beautiful, so touching. And Ginny, so beautiful, like Grace Kelly and Natalie Portman rolled into one, with red hair.
Like so many others, I cried tears of joy. I'm going to miss Harry Potter so much, but it's nice to know I can go back and rewatch this film when it comes out on DVD and pretty much enjoy it just as much again because it's that good. This series has changed me as a person and as a human being. I am so much more complete for having experienced this book series and film and I will never forget J.K. Rowling or these wonderful actors and what they've contributed to not only me, but the world and the history of cinema and literature.
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