Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Country: UK, USA
Director: David Yates
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Eduardo Serra
Helena Bonham Carter
It all ended today, normally I am not a nostalgic type, but Harry Potter series have accompanying me through my entire 20s, which I am not certain whether is my brightest decade or not, nevertheless it represents the end of an era!
Compared with Part One, apart from a couple of minutes in the beginning, Part Two is sheer an awe-inspiring expedition, 120 minutes without any chance to slow down the pace until the final one-to-one duel between Harry and Lord Voldemort. The Potter-trio dominates the whole film throughout, which inevitably leaves no enough room for other wizards showcasing their heroic stunts (for example, Remus Lupin even died without any segmental flashback of what actually happened, merely serves as an augment to the number of the casualty), Neville Longbottom is the only exception (due to my ignorance of the original books, it came across as quite a surprise), all other students and professors are sympathetic cameos, all of which symbols a way of contrived reunion and also a farewell to the aficionados for their years-long faithfulness.
The interconnection inside the trio is dealt with less dexterity in order to accomplish the apocalyptic denouement, nevertheless when Ron and Hermione pair finally come out of their puppy love closet, it feel so overdue and gratified, and the gallantry of the entire Hogworts is foreseeable but encouraging!
The 3D effect is much better this time (maybe I was sitting in a smaller screening room, the vividness is more tangible and the screen is brighter). Anyway, as the series finale, I can express my satisfaction to the film, what’s more shall we expect from a children-book sensation?
Finally, I must give Alan Rickman some accolade and suggest a potential Oscar nomination might not be a pipe dream (maybe not for this film only, if the Academy intends to honor the whole series, it will has the best shot), Severus Snape is without any doubt the most charismatic character and Alan himself is the most underrated British actor since his debut in DIE HARD (1988).
ps. The 19 years later make-up is a sort of ridicule, how can we forget their youth just in a fleet of seconds after the long trek we have been through?