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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Movie Review

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Published: Friday, July 15, 2011, 9:16 [IST]

After eight films in 10 years, director David Yates has ended the the successful franchise of Harry Potter with a satisfying conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. This final installment is the shortest of all the Harry Potter films and the movie buffs are sure to receive it as a worthy climax.

Screenwriter Steve Kloves has penned the script for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 based the novel of JK Rowling. The is all about the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort, the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The climax of the film is the major attraction of the film.

The plot of this final installment of the Harry Potter series has lot of energy and zest. There are some superb scenes, which have a power that was missing in the previous films. There is less footling about and has a faster pace. David Yates has given greater attention to narrative balance and refinement. The movie is concise, rousing and frequently moving.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) keep their spirits up to find and destroy the Horcruxes that contain chunks of Lord Voldemort"s dark soul. But their quest takes them back to Hogwarts boarding school. Helped by the redoubtable Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), they endure a tortuous siege, before Harry has to come face to face with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) himself.

Daniel Radcliffe has taken the whole responsibility of running the show on his shoulders and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have lent stalwart support, but one can not stop appreciating Radcliffe's accomplishment here. The movie also gives a chance to make a brief appearance to the departed or absented characters of Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Julie Walters and others.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has sound production values and there is nothing to complain about technical elements. Eduardo Serra's cinematography outclasses his work in previous films. Some of Nick Dudman's makeup effects are sensational. Alexandre Desplat's score is arguably the best yet for the series, briefly incorporating echoes of John Williams' original themes while richly boosting the already heightened drama of this sendoff to such a tremendously successful series.


Producer: David Heyman, David Barron and JK Rowling

Director: David Yates

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith

Music: Alexandre Desplat and John Williams

Running time: 130 minutes

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