Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One)
- Reviewed by Charis Scott-Holm
- Published on December 7th, 2010 at 12:44p.m.
The first volume in the seventh film installment of the Potter saga was always going to be tricky to pull off, with the story leaving its safe setting of Hogwarts and slimming down on the range of characters in the story. Luckily, the film manages to lose non of the magic that has delighted fans in previous films.
After the untimely demise of Dumbledore and the rise of the Dark Lord, Harry and co. are left to try and destroy Voldermort’s soul- with little direction how. Lost and abandoned, left in a forest with an evil necklace (very Lord of the Rings, me thinks...), the trio find it hard to keep a grip on their new reality.
Luckily, the film spares the audience from the book’s lengthy passages spent doing nothing, and focuses more on the more lively elements of the story, I especially liked the scene where Harry and Hermione forget all their troubles and dance.
The Tale of the Three Brothers provides an interesting aside to the film and there are some fantastic performances from actors we wouldn’t expect any less from- Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes etc.
Perhaps the individual films may not stand up in their own right in years to come, this being said, still, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ truly left me dying to see the next installment.