Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Well, it’s finally here and it’s kind of a bitter pill to swallow. No more Harry Potter movies to look forward to. On one hand, that’s a real drag as it’s been one of my favorite series from the very first movie to this last, brilliant installment that completes the circle.

On the other hand, part of me is happy about it, I’m kind of sick of seeing Harry suffer through life with the dark lord on his trail. And yes, this movie brings it all together, answers many questions, creates just a few in the process and makes you feel glad that you invested the time into the series. Brilliantly written, JK Rowling crafted an amazing, rich world, compelling characters and an engaging story that sets the bar up there with writers like Tolkien (for me anyway). I don’t want to say too much about it as you just have to see it and if you’re into it enough to read this review, you probably planned to see it way before you got to this website.

If you haven’t seen it, or any of them for that matter…You’re really missing out, if not for the craftsmanship alone. Besides my previous accolades, the directing is top notch with David Yates back at the helm bringing to life from the pages his usual detailed, visually stunning world of magic. The performances the actors all put on is at their peak, they “bring it” as it were. Not a weak link in the chain. Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman were the stand outs for me. It was nice to see Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as mature young adults, it’s amazing how young they were when they started this. One criticism – I could’ve used more of the other side of the story just because I love watching Ralph Fiennes as you-know-who. Big fan. However, I do realize that it’s mostly about Harry and answering some major questions.

I can’t say enough good things about this series and it’s finale. I could keep going but my compliments would only continue to be, well, complimentary, so you get it. Go see it in the theater, at least once. I’m going for round 2 IMAX soon…

reviewed by Sean McKnight