Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 MSN Review

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 MSN Review

Post by Dell on Mon 15 Nov 2010, 7:44 pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is finally here and cinemas will soon fill with muggles. But the weight of expectation has grown with the young cast. Can Harry satisfy his millions of fans?

Seen Poltergeist? If you have, you may remember the corridor that became longer the harder you tried to reach the end of it. The Harry Potter franchise reminds us of the endless passage, having taken the seventh novel in JK Rowling's series and made two films from it. Just when you thought you were out, it pulls you back in.

So this is not the end. But it is, to borrow another famous line from Winston Churchill, the beginning of the end - a prelude to next summer's main event that, if not a climax in itself, at least paves the way for one. For a few years now the Potter pics have been treading water, hinting at seismic events while craftily postponing them to a later date. Take away the British thesps, the interminable Quidditch scenes and the depressingly inevitable deaths of supporting characters and it was all one giant exercise in deferred gratification.

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, though, we are finally getting somewhere. School's out forever for Harry, Hermione and Ron, too old and vulnerable now for another year at Hogwarts. Instead they are on the run, hounded from pillar to post by Voldemort and his dastardly minions as they try to locate and destroy the scattered shards of his evil soul. Having been robbed of their protectors early on, our central trio only have each other this time around. And wherever they go - Chez Weasley, Piccadilly Circus, the Forest of Dean - there always seems to be something nasty lying in wait for them.

Put simply, there's a real urgency and tension to Potter #7 - a sense that this truly is a matter of life and death for the boy wizard we've seen become a man. As Bill Nighy's Rufus Scrimgeour declares at the start, "these are dark times indeed." Yet they're also exciting ones, director David Yates giving the action a pace and momentum that make his 146-minute opus flit along like a golden snitch.

It's not all plain sailing, however. You'd have thought by this stage that Rowling had embellished her saga enough with confusing details and eccentric characters. Alas no, Harry's mission unveiling yet another level of complex intrigue you need to be a die-hard fan to assimilate fully.

Pivotal this time around is a book of stories given to Emma Watson's Hermione that holds crucial information about the titular Hallows, smartly conveyed in an animated interlude two thirds in. Given that part of the tale involves Harry finding his parents' burial plot, though, it's ironic how often the film loses sight of its own. Oh, and don't expect to see much of Robbie Coltrane or Alan Rickman. They may have their names on the poster, but their fleeting contributions barely count as cameos.

For all that, there's no denying Harry has got his mojo back just when it matters. For the first time in ages, his next adventure can't come quick enough.

From MSN.

Are you a Potter fan? Will you watch the latest movie?


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