24 February 2014

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One 2010
  • Director: David Yates
  • Based on the book by J.K. Rowling
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Mark Williams, Julie Walters, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Devon Murray, Alfie Enoch, David Bradley, Bonnie Wright, Jamie Waylett, Josh Hirdman, Chris Rankin,  James and Oliver Phelps, Robert Hardy, David Thewliss, Timothy Spall, Natalia Tena, Evanna Lynch, Helena Bonham-Carter, Helen McCrory,  Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Henry Melling, Fiona Shaw, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, George Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, Clémence Poésy, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Imelda Staunton, Toby Jones, Miranda Richardson, Frances de la Tour, Guy Henry, Andy Linden, Sophie Thompson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • See the previous films for most. The new ones:
    • Bill Nighy – Hotel Marigold, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Girl in the Café, The Boat that Rocked, Shaun of the Dead
    • Domhnall Gleeson  - True Grit, Never Let Me Go
    • Andy Linden – Merlin, From Hell
    • Rhys Ifans – The Boat that Rocked, Elizabeth the Gold Age, The Shipping News, Notting Hill
    • Sophie Thompson – Gosford Park, Persuasion, Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Why? It’s Harry Potter!
  • Seen: Four times including now: February 23, 2014      
       The Dursleys flee. Hermione removes herself from her parents’ memories and sends them to safety in Australia (this is, it occurs to me, a very European story). Snape betrays Harry; his escape with his friends as Polyjuice Harrys is fraught with injury and death.
       And that’s just in the first few minutes.
       Again there are whimsical pranks and lines that bring laughter, and sweet moments of Harry and Ginny kissing, but this is basically a film of tension, fear, violence. And waiting.
       Harry is forced to doubt the greatness and wisdom of Dumbledore.  Ron is hostile to Harry and jealous of Harry and Hermione’s friendship. His inferiority complex is revealed in painful scenes. He leaves and one of the most poignant scenes in all the films is when the grieving and worried Harry and Hermione dance to Nick Cave’s “O’Children” in their tent of exile in the forest. For a few seconds they laugh and draw comfort from one another only to return to their heavy sorrow.
       Snatchers stalk them. Reports of missing and dead come to them on a crackly radio.  Friends betray them to protect their own loved ones.
       The trio wait. And think. And think. And think. And wait. How to find and destroy the horcruxes?
       It ends, again, in tragedy.  How many dear to him can Harry bear to lose?
       This film has not received the high ratings that some of the others have.  Maltin calls it “more of a placeholder than a full-fledged movie.”
       Well, of course it is.  That’s what the lives of these three kids, and their whole world, is all about right now.  Their lives are on tormenting hold while they wait for the final battle they know is coming.
       It’s done to near perfection.

9 * of 9

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