Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.
Director: David Yates
Producer: J.K. Rowling, David Barron, David Heyman, Lionel Wigram
Cast: Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Fiona Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall, Warwick Davis, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, David O'Hara, Jason Isaacs, John Hurt, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, ClÃƒÂ©mence PoÃƒÂ©sy
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The second time I watched this (after reading the book), I was surprised at how abruptly it ended. The only thing I can say about this movie is that it was necessary to move the plot along for the finale. Still worth your time, though.February 14th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 ditches the whimsical and fun for the grim and sometimes gruesome. It establishes a dark tone from the start and never lets up as the heroes are chased everywhere and engage in a number of frantic battles. With some great visuals and plenty of interpersonal tension, this is one of the more engaging of the Potter films and certainly an improvement over the dragging sixth movie... See Full ReviewNovember 10th, 2013 · Details
Although there are moments of the film that dragged, overall I was very pleased with how it unraveled. If you are a fan of the series, this film is for you. It is too intense and violent for young children. It earns it's PG13 rating.May 8th, 2013 · Details
This sequels pacing and feel are so much different than previous films. Thankfully the change is a good one. The whole focus of the film is on character development and story. All the visual effects are incidental and integrated completely into the story. In other words there no dazzling CG effects for the sake of having eye candy. Many of the previous films follow this same idea, but not to the same degree as this one. Thankfully the slower plot of the film isn't so slow and uninteresting to the point of pure boredom. There is constant interesting things all along the way. One particular high point of the film is with Dobbie, who makes a renewed appearance at the end of the film. The CG and acting are worlds better than his first appearance. All in all this film is well done to a superb artistic level beyond previous films. But it is quite long. Plan on two sittings for the well Done Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1.
Also, this film is well deserving of its PG-13 rating for multiple deaths/murders, torture and disturbing imagery. Not for little ones under the age of 13 for sure.May 4th, 2013 · Details
Great movie, but ruined by a 30 second clip of naked Harry and Hermione passionately kissing with their private parts only mostly covered. Very sexual and inappropriate for any audience. If you get rid of that scene though, good movie...December 2nd, 2012 · Details
Let me just first say that splitting this book into two films was a greedy and foolish thing to do. The book was already as dull as a brick through the middle. I figured it would actually make for a better film than many of the most recent ones because there would be less story to cut. Then they decided to make two films out of it! The reasons are obviou$, but it doesn‚Äôt help the film at all. I‚Äôd say this is easily the least entertaining Potter film. I guess the filmmakers, realizing that they had two films to do this one fairly uneventful book, decided they had better put nearly every single scene from the book into the film. It seriously feels like they are dinking around in the forest for an hour and a half. I thought, ‚ÄúSurely the filmmakers understand how boring that camping trip is and they will cut a lot of that out.‚Äù Nope. It‚Äôs all in there. So the length of the film and sheer boredom of it all is my #1 complaint. Complaint #2: The film‚Äôs lighting is so dark at times that I could hardly see anything on the screen, so if you see this, watch it in a very dark room. #3: even the ‚Äúexciting‚Äù parts of this film are not exciting. Even the deaths of main characters fail to make an impact. In the case of Hedwig the owl, I wasn‚Äôt even sure that bird died. He gets zapped out of the air and then falls down and you never see him again. Do the characters care? Apparently not. Perhaps it‚Äôs because Daniel Radcliffe has no idea how to convey the emotion of grief as an actor. The final scene of the film certainly proves that point. Complaint #4: most of the most interesting characters and best actors of the series are not in this film, or are in it for a very short while. Snape, Dumbledore, Mad Eye Moody, Draco, Hogwarts (okay, not a character, but still awesome, right?) ‚Äì this movie is sorely missing their presence. Complaint #5: the special effects have not really improved much. Dobby the house-elf looks as bad as he did in HP 2. There‚Äôs nothing effects-wise that impresses in this film. Enough complaining (though I‚Äôm sure I could come up with three or four more if I wanted this review to feel as interminable as the film). There is one scene that I enjoyed ‚Äì the scene where the three of them have to break into the ministry of magic. That scene made me laugh quite a few times. Other than that one exception, Harry Potter part 7 part 1 is a poorly disguised attempt to rip off the adoring fans of this beloved book series. It fails miserably as a film.
A lot of people were up in arms about the "nude" scene in this film. It's a hallucination, very shadowy, very brief, and looks mostly computer animated, actually. I didn't find it offensive. The violence and darkness of this film is on par with the previous several entries.May 28th, 2012 · Details