Thursday, December 2, 2010

Deathly Hallows

Deathly Hallows is far from the fireworks display of the first Harry Potter Movie. True to the nature of the book, this film adaptation is dark and uncertain. Director David Yates once again delivered a solid installment after the success of the Half-Blood Prince.
Part one follows Harry, Hermoine and Ron (Radcliffe, Watson and Grint) as they become the primary target of a powerful organization lead by Lord Voldemort (Fiennes). The three were tasked by the late Dumbledore to find the missing Horcruxes in order to defeat the dark lord. The problem arose when they realized that the trail of clues in finding the Horcrux leads to many dead ends and more trouble. With the Death Eaters hot on their trail and with an impossible task on their shoulders, the trio’s friendship is put under the ultimate test.
Avid fans of the book will certainly agree that the laggy and somewhat tiresome pacing of the film is necessary in giving justice to the last novel though others disagree. I completely respect the producer’s decision in making Deathly Hallows a 2 part series because almost everything written in the thick seventh book is needed for the whole story to come to a full circle. Anything less would have been an insult to Rowling’s genius.
Even though I am very satisfied by the turnout of the plot, I still thought that it could have used a bit more buildup of fear (including the death of family members and friends, similar to how the last book was fashioned) so that it may add more drama to whatever little action part 1 may possess. This so to avoid nay-sayers from saying “part 1 can be more or less summarized by one word– camping”.
Aside from the effects and cinematography, the lead actors’ performance also stepped it up a notch for this film finale.  Surprisingly, Watson made an improvement in toning down her acting to make it just right for the character this time around. Also, Grint and Radcliffe both managed to deliver a convincing performance throughout the movie. This improvement is significantly evident during both the dramatic and the comic parts of the film. It showcased their range and depth as fully matured actors.
Deathly Hallows Part 1 succeeds in almost every aspect (except for the sound department, I expect the next part should improve on that area). Whoever made the decision not to make this film 3D must be congratulated for his or her brilliance. Considering the fact that some fight scenes in this flick were so confusing, the audience might become dizzy and disoriented if it were shot in 3D. This movie is a perfect example on how a film can be victorious by providing only good materials and not rely much on 3D to cast the magic spell on the audience.
Written by Jorella Cheska Estrada

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