Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
I’m serious, Harry. You will take out the trash … or else!

Theatrical Release Date: 11/19/2010
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans

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Best Costume Design (Jany Temime)

Best Score (Alexandre Desplat)
Best Art Direction
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound


Despite all my rage …

Nine Goddamn months! After watching “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″, I have to wait as long to see the final installment as it takes to birth a child … and I don’t really like kids.

I do, however, like Harry Potter … ummm … that sounds odd … what I mean to say is that I like the film series; and the penultimate chapter adds yet another layer of geeky glee to this shriveled bit of organ my cardiologist would call a heart.

There’s no point in recapping what’s happened to this point. You’re either up on all the happenings to Harry, Ron, Hermoine and their pals … or you’re just a muggle. Due to the breadth of the last book in author J.K. Rowling’s series, the film makers decided to split it into two parts. Normally, I’d get up on my soapbox and shout futilely into the world wide web. However, being as close to the characters and story as I’ve become over nearly the last decade, I’m ecstatic that everyone is taking so much care to include as much as possible from the final tome. I might also normally think it was a pure fiscal decision by WB but there really is enough story to warrant giving this franchise the finale it deserves.

What’s even more impressive is that director David Yates (who helmed parts 5 and 6) managed to make a bridge film actually matter. Normally, when dealing with multiple films all shot together, the second-to-last chapter feels merely like a bit of plot devices and setup before the good stuff is unveiled at the end. Here, the film feels entirely like another installment was made in the series (aside from the quasi-cliffhanger ending) and almost like audiences are now merely awaiting the adaptation of an eighth book.

All of the actors are back and in fine form. It’s simply amazing to see how gifted little Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have become. There’s no way of knowing how an actor will develop when you’re dealing with a franchise that will span so many years and require so many different levels from its cast. To add even more to the embarrassing wealth of British acting riches, Yates added Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans to the party (There seem to be only a small handful of celebrated actors left for inclusion at this point).

The production design and visual effects are once again top notch, and although I’ve enjoyed composer Nicholas Hooper’s efforts over the last two films, bringing in Alexandre Desplat was a more than suitable replacement – making this one of the best scores of 2010. Putting all of the elements and build-up together, it’s almost as if there’s no need to review the films at this point. You’re either a fan and anxiously awaiting your turn in the dark theater … or you’re dead to me not.

Still, for those looking for that last bit of encouragement, while you must have seen at least the last two movies in order to follow along (and of course it’s best if you’ve seen them all), I am once again overjoyed to see that these films continue to exceed my expectations. A 4.5 out of 5, that extra ratings bump comes from making a setup film completely relevant (though much of that I’m sure is due to the book) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ will be yet another Blu-ray addition to the shelf when the time comes. My only real complaints come from a few sections dipping in energy (though I never felt the two plus hour runtime was excessive) and that I knew a long wait was ahead of me once the credits rolled.

So for now, I’ll break out some pickles and ice cream while I wait for the finale to arrive next July. I mean, really … nine Goddamn months!? *sigh*

4.5 out of 5