Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Directed by: David Yates
2010, PG-13,146 minutes
Reviewed by Liam Doherty
Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their adventure in the seventh film in the record-setting franchise with the new, unevenly paced installment with an extremely long title, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1. Now that Dumbledore has died, Hogwarts is no longer safe. Harry, Ron and Hermione need to search the world for Voldemort’s horcruxes, the magical items he puts part of his soul into, and destroy them so they can kill Voldemort and put an end to his evil.
If you have not read the book, you will have no idea what is going on in this movie. The film does not do a good job of explaining the plot to the people who “only see the movie” (so about 95% of America). The film builds tension for the climax that you won’t be able to see for another seven months, when the final film comes out. It seems that the film’s main intention (other than to make a couple hundred million dollars) was to show off the stars acting ability. But only Emma Watson (Hermione) shines, and is likely to be the only one with a career three years from now. She has considered quitting acting, and she almost left the franchise after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth movie.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1 often feels like an excuse for the filmmakers to squeeze as much money out of this franchise as possible, but if the final book hadn’t been split into two movies, it would have been a disaster. While this installment is definitely not the best installment of the franchise, it assures everyone that has read the books that the finale will be. Grade: B