Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows: Part II

(2011)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Transcript for Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Harry’s back for the eighth and final time. Hi, I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
And I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com. Our first film is HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II, the eighth and final film in Warner Bros' decade-long project to adapt J.K. Rowling's immensely popular series of novels. Continuing the story from last year's grim DEATHLY HALLOWS PART I, PART II follows boy-wizard-turned-young-adult-wizard Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, as he prepares to finally defeat his noseless archnemesis, Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes.

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IGNATIY:
However, before he can defeat Voldemort, Potter and his gang have to destroy several horcruxes, which are magical objects that allow minor characters and sub-plots to develop while staving off the final showdown for at least another hour and a half.   

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IGNATIY:
DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II is almost overpowered by its need to tie up as many loose threads of plot and character as possible. As a result, the movie works better in individual sequences that take advantage of its imaginative special effects and production design than it does as a whole. A long detour to steal a horcrux from a bank vault, which makes good use of the movie's 3D format, stands out.

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IGNATIY:
DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II is a mixed bag: impeccably acted and designed, it's also lopsided and rushed and a bit lifeless. PART I wasn't without its flaws, but at least it established a sense of apocalyptic foreboding and concluded on a strong, chilly note. PART II feels hermetically sealed and anticlimactic, with an ending that conveys the final words of Rowling's novel in the most trite and tacked-on way imaginable. I'm sure devoted fans of the series will enjoy this, but it just doesn't stand on its own two feet as a film. I have to give this a thumbs down.

CHRISTY:  
I have to give it a thumbs up, and I would say go see it in 3D, which I’m sure people will be shocked to hear me say given my ordinary distain for 3D, but they really took there time in converting it, and the details really pop out especially in the big set pieces, which are dark and huge and gorgeous and foreboding and there’s a ton of tension here.  There’s a ton of suspense, everything’s at stake, finally.

IGNATIY: 
I’ll give you that the 3D is really smart, um, I think it’s very well used, it’s used mostly for the special effects, not so much, you know, for having characters pop out as, you know, kind of having flames and spells pop out in the foreground. Um, I would not agree with you about the tension, or really about this sense of an epic. It feels, everything in this film feels actually surprisingly small to me, it feels very low stakes, you have, you have no sense of what is at stake in this final battle. 

CHRISTY:  
Everything is at stake, good and evil, the whole series has been building towards this.  This is why Harry has to fight Voldemort, I’m not going to give away what happens of course, but everything, like the wizarding world, the future of good and evil.   

IGNATIY: 
That is something that we hear in the dialogue, you never get a sense of that because all you really see are just characters fighting and conspiring.  

CHRISTY: 
No. The whole thing is just rushed, it’s the shortest film of the entire series at two hours and ten minutes.

IGNATIY: 
It’s too rushed, It’s too rushed.  

CHRISTY: 
Everything is jammed into it. It’s propulsive. It’s non-stop and you’re on the edge of your seat the whole time, it’s very tense.

IGNATIY: 
It’s non-stop, It’s not propulsive. I found it very lopsided, I think there are moments where it moves way too quickly, especially in the final showdown. 

CHRISTY: 
Daniel Radcliff is great though and in that and in the whole thing, and as is Allen Rickman as Snape.

IGNATIY: 
No, all the actors are good, but the screenplay could use a little work.