[Film Review] Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 poster

Title: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Year: 2010
Country: UK, USA
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Director: David Yates
Writers: Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Eduardo Serra
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Helena Bonham Carter  Evanna Lynch
Ralph Fiennes  Nick Moran
Peter Mullan  David O’Hara
Alan Rickman  Steffan Rhodri
Michael Gambon  Sophie Thompson
Robbie Coltrane  Miranda Richardson
Jason Isaacs  Warwick Davis
Imelda Staunton  Jamie Campbell
Tom Felton  David Thewlis
Timothy Spall  John Hurt
Brendan Gleeson  Frances de la Tour
Bill Nighy  Rhys Ifans
Helen McCory  Fiona Shaw
Richard Griffiths  George Harris
Julie Walters  Andy Linden
Clemence Poesy  Toby Jones
Bonnie Wright  James Phelps
Oliver Phelps  Dave Legeno
Rating: 6.4/10

If it is a film for fans only, it turns out that I’m not a pious fan of Harry Potter series, which could be the truth, I only read one book (I vaguely remembered it was the third one), still I will be satisfied to watch the final installment next year, even though this one hardly meets my appetite.

Okay, let me complain a little bit about the pace, I sense that the trio’s road-trip is lengthy and the conflict between Harry and Ron is weakly ensnared (have no idea it is a faithful adaption from the book), and as an average audience, I am very puzzled with the subtraction of how 7 Horcruxes suddenly reduced to 3 after they destroyed one in the film. On the other hand, lots of supporting characters sacrificed their screen-time in order to leave enough stage for the trio, which effectively extinguished a great quantity of fun (poor Snipe only appears in 5 minutes at the beginning).

The great side is that even the plot is getting darker and darker, the merrier moments are all deprived from the film, nevertheless this film is not as scare as its recent precedents (only the python scared me a little bit when it jumped out from nowhere, which could have been upgraded as an impressive 3D set piece). The depiction of the three brothers’ anecdote is definite the highlight, the scissor-cut cartoon creates an oriental impression and saves the film from the tiredness.

I wish I could watch it in an IMAX screen instead of just an ordinary one, but I noticed all the seats were occupied, I think this one will reach a new peak on the box office chart in China for Harry Potter series, maybe 300 million Chinese dollars is not a fool’s paradise.

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