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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, the best adaptation of the series so far., 21 Nov 2010
This review is from: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The Deathly Hallows Part I is by far the best adaptation of the Harry Potter series so far. Whereas the Half Blood Prince took liberties with the plot by including new scenes and skmimming over those which perhaps ought to have been longer, this movie not only is unprecedentedly devoted to the book, but captures the feel of the book exactly, without being overly miserable. This is no mean feat, as the Deathly Hallows is the most difficult and harrowing of the books, particularly with much of it focusing on the trio camping in wildnerness, it could have become tired and repetetive but the movie was very well paced and these scenes were particularly well-handled by the director and actors.

I was literally on the edge of my seat for the dramatic, sinister and action-packed parts of the movie and the tensions was brilliantly dispersed throughout, making me jump when I least expected it. More than this, the film managed to be incredibly moving and poignant, while still lightening the mood occasionally with some much needed humour. Of course, there is much less humour in this movie than in its predecessors, but that is to be expected. One of my favourite scenes was in the beginning where Hermione, knowing the danger before her, wiped her parents' memories in order to protect them. Then she walks out of her home and down the street, alone and apparently empty handed, never to return. I would go as far as to say that in this scene the movie surpassed the book, and its poignancy was enhanced by Emma Watson's beatiful portrayal of Hermione, and this movie showcases her incredible talent. There was another particularly beautiful scene, also not actually in the book, where after Hermione and Harry have been left alone by Ron for some weeks, Harry and Hermione, both coming very close to despair, have a dance to a song on the radio in the tent, in an effort to regain some normality, be silly and carefree and cheer themselves up. It could have been crass but it was really touching and exemplified so much- the burden that these teenagers shoulder, who ought to be leading normal lives and enjoying themselves.

The cinematography was amazing, and most satisfyingly for me, places like the Malfoy mansion, Godric's Hollow, the Lovegoods' House and the wilderness locations were exactly as I had imagined them! Another reviewer has said that Daniel Radcliffe was the weakest link of the trio, and I can see why, but perhaps this is simply because Watson and Grint have grown so much and surpassed themselves, whereas Radcliffe has always been consistently good. Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour was also very good, as was a surprising Rhys Iffans as Luna Lovegood's father. There was also a nominal appearance of Dave from Gavin and Stacey!

This movie was absolutely stupendous, and as near faultless as I think the Harry Potter series can get. The only criticism I can make is not of the movie itself, but of how many young children I saw in my local cinema. This film is a PG 13- scary in parts (and there was one slightly raunchy scene), and I did feel that it wasn't suitable for young children. Otherwise excellent in every way!
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2010 15:27:28 GMT
B. Honest. says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2010 20:50:03 GMT
S. Hammond says:
B.Honest, do you have anything nice to say? this was my genuine opinion of the film, and as you can see from the other reviews, most viewers agree with me. Yes, I did make a mistake, getting confused about where the Gringotts break-in takes place. But as you feel so strongly about the film, I suggest you slate it in your own review, instead of inflicting your petty criticism on me. What a pity too that in all the time you've obviously spent poring over the books, you haven't picked up the basics of English grammar.

Posted on 27 Dec 2010 21:31:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2010 19:35:39 GMT
This is a fair review of this film.

Overall the film is a sympathetic, and at times, a striking visualisation of the book. The opening scene mentioned (Hermione's protection of her parents) is one of several that the producers have extrapolated from the secondary detail of the book. It's pathos perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the film. One other scene is the first encounter with the snatchers. Here the effect of the defensive spells is dramatically portrayed. Just how close the three are to being caught amplifies the tension.

The significant difference compared to the book is that Harry's waning confidence in Dumbledore which is produced by Reeta Skeeta's defamatory biography is almost totally absent. Sadly the ironical comedy in her narratives and the interviews with 'Dogbreath' Doge are not included in the film. The film certainly mutes the latter character, as well as Ron's batty aunt ("Here boy, give me your chair; I'm a hundred and seven!")

However the comedy that the scriptwriters have inserted, making use of the possibilities in certain scenes, more than compensates. One example is the Ministry official's wife kissing a transforming Ron. Another is Hermione's answer to Harry's question, 'Are you still mad with Ron?' - "I'm ALWAYS mad with him!". But best by far is the episode at the Dursley's where the six wizards transform into copy Harry's.

The chase scene at the beginning of the story was always one that could have been improved. It makes no use of scenery. This is certainly an opportunity well taken by the producers.

The death of Dobby is probably the weakest aspect of the novel since it is a plot contrivance. He must die otherwise he would reveal to Harry who sent him. Burying him has too much of the mawkishness of burying a pet cat in the back garden. The scriptwriters - sensibly - do not linger too long over this. Nevertheless there is a certain awkwardness in Dobby's speech in the Malfoy mansion, "I've come to save Harry Potter..."

Overall though the best cinematic adaptation of the books so far.

Posted on 3 Jan 2011 13:24:23 GMT
Shikamari22 says:
ok i dont like how everyone is commenting to u that the film was a disappointment it wasnt but dont worry the gringotts break in will be in part 2

Posted on 19 Jan 2011 23:54:11 GMT
Lovely review, I just wanted to add that the Gringotts break-in will happen at the start of the second part. The trio have been quoted saying that the next part starts off as a heist movie and there was a clip of them, in the trailer, riding on one of the carts with Griphook x

Posted on 4 Feb 2011 21:25:11 GMT
Roger Auster says:
Hi there! I'm so glad you agree the film was awesome! It is by far the best!
I'm just going to correct though, Gringotts will take place in Part 2, and Harry's destroyed house was shown when following Bathilda Bagshot back to her house, but just not as in much detail as the book.
But I hope you love Part 2, I cannot wait!

Posted on 4 Feb 2011 21:25:15 GMT
Roger Auster says:
Hi there! I'm so glad you agree the film was awesome! It is by far the best!
I'm just going to correct though, Gringotts will take place in Part 2, and Harry's destroyed house was shown when following Bathilda Bagshot back to her house, but just not as in much detail as the book.
But I hope you love Part 2, I cannot wait!

Posted on 2 Apr 2011 09:24:00 BDT
I loved it, and can not wait for part 2. I´m gonna buy part 1 soon as i can.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 20:57:35 BDT
Dynoman says:
Doesnt look like you have much nice to say about B.Honest, presumably this is his genuine opinion of your review and if u are going to complain about other peoples grammar, you need to check your own posts very thoroughly first "...the tensions was brilliantly dispersed throughout...".

Having said that, I totally disagree with B.Honest and think the general thrust of your review is correct.

If you want constructive criticism, I would point out that your review is full of spoilers (not just of this film but the next one too!). If you are going to include spoilers you should at least put a warning at the top of the review.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2012 19:41:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2012 19:43:09 GMT
S. Hammond says:
I might have taken B Honest's comments a bit personally. As I was reviewing a movie adaptation of a book, it was on the proviso that most people have read the book, which, given that it's Harry Potter, they very likely have. It is very difficult to review something fully if you can't comment in some way on the content, and with Harry Potter, it's very difficult to omit comments on the adaption of the plot.
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