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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 by David Yates (2011)

Honestly one of the best films in the series, not as good as the third film (but none of them are), but as good as the 6th, and really an epic war film. And, it surprises me to say this, but I found the unconverted 3D version to be better than the 2D version. Sure there were moments where I felt the 3D was forced (too much depth on backgrounds), but it did make the film more dynamic, and having seen both versions it was far superior. Daniel Radcliffe hands down gives his best performance here, proving he might actually have a career after Harry Potter, and the film is really good. Of course that is not to say that I don’t think there are problems. First off Desplat’s score is mediocre at best, and should have been Williams gain, since it is all his score they are riffing off of anyway. Then some stupid changes, like why have to spell a goblin when they have Bellatrix’s wand anyway? The high points are the kiss, and of course Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) who really gets to shine. And I missed some deaths as well (though some were already in the book as not being there are felt rushed), and the final fight doesn’t really convey everything. And finally after the review I want to talk a little about some of the wholes that this film brings up in the whole series. I mean I still love the books, and greatly enjoy the films, but there are certainly some issues this final story brings up. Overall though this is an absolute must see film, and I am glad they split it into two films as more of the story got to be shown and it was better presented. I mean I actually like how they did Game of Thrones with 10 episodes being one book! This is a really great film, and go see it in 3D while you can, and after seeing it I am sure Warner will be re-releasing all the films in the theater in 3D, possible special editions in a few years, and I am sure my wife and I will be there opening day, maybe it will convince her to let me get a 3D TV! He he he!

The film starts right where the last one ended, looking at Dobby the house elve’s grave. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), and his best friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) go to talk to the Goblin Griphook (excellently played by Warwick Davis, though he was played by Verne Troyer in the first film) about the Sword of Gryffindor, which Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) thought should be in her vault at Gringot’s, along with something more important, which they figure must be one of Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) Horcrux’s (each containing a part of his soul and each must be destroyed before he can be killed once and for all). Griphook agrees to help them get into the vault. They then go to talk to the wandmaker Olivander (John Hurt) who says Bellatrix lestrange’s wand is still dangerous, but that Draco Malfoy’s (Tom Felton) is now Harry’s as he disarmed him. And they talk to him about the Elder Wand, which was Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) but Voldemort now has, and is the most powerful wand and one of the 3 Deathly Hallows (along with Harry’s Invisibility Cloak and the Resurrection Stone). Hermione uses a hair of Bellatrix’s to change into looking like her (and Carter does as an awesome job as her) and they head to Gringots to get into Bellatrix’s vault.



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