The long nine year journey is nearing its end. The final installment of the Harry Potter film series has finally been released, although it has been broken up into two installments, with one coming in the fall, and the final piece coming in the summer. Rarely have I seen a book series translate so well to the movie screen, with the exception of the Lord of the Ring. This new film, the Deathly Hallows is the last leg of the adventure for Harry Potter and his friends, as they try to locate the horcruxes which house the seven pieces of Voldemort’s soul. While looking for the horcruxes, Potter and his band are constantly on the run, hiding out from Voldemort and his evil Death Eaters.
This film is a great improvement over the last two Harry Potter Films, which were good, but not as good as this installment. The Deathly Hallows is filled with great character exchanges between Harry, Ron and Hermione as they try to adjust to their new world as fugitives and adjust the triangle of friendship they have shared for years as two of the characters grow closer than friends. Just watching the evolution of their friendship, with its good times and bad was great in itself but the action in the Deathly Hallows is also pretty exciting in this latest edition. There are plenty of magical battles, in the magic and real world as our heroes fight to stay alive and find a way to finally defeat Voldemort. This film is definitely the darkest of them all, as the characters struggle with each other relationally, but also by watching many of their friends die. Although it is dark, there is the light of hope displayed by the characters that all will be okay in the end.
This film definitely earned its PG13 rating and there are some scenes which could startle or frighten younger viewers. I am glad the filmmakers have matured the films and levels of intensity over the years as the characters have aged, and to me it fits right in with the books. Although the film is dark, it is filled with plenty of laughs that flow naturally with the film, so you won’t leave filling depressed or anything. If you have not read any of the Harry Potter books, or are not familiar with the story, then you will probably be lost with this film. Even though I have read all of the books and seen the films, I still had a little trouble remembering who all of the characters were. Regardless, I enjoyed the film immensely and didn’t want it to end. This film hit all of the right buttons for me. Bring on part II!