24 February 2014

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two 2011
  • 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, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, George Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, Clémence Poésy, John Hurt, Rhys, Ifans, Kelly Macdonald, Ciarin Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Miriam Margoyles, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Geraldine Somerville, Adrian Rawlins
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • See the previous films for most. The new ones:
    • Kelly Macdonald – No Country for Old Men, Nanny NcPhee, Tristram Shandy, The Girl in the Café, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Finding Neverland, Gosford Park, My Life So Far, Elizabeth, Train Spotting
    •  Ciarin Hinds - Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, The Woman in Black, Margo at the Wedding, Hallam Foe, Road to Perdition, Jane Eyre, Cold Lazarus
    •  Geraldine Somerville – the other Harry Potter films (don’t know why I haven’t included her before), My Week with Marilyn, Gosford Park
    • Adrian Rawlins – ditto on the other HP films, Breaking the Waves
  • Why? It’s Harry Potter!
  • Seen: Four times including now: February 24, 2014
       They did it.
       And I’m speechless.  But there must be some words to describe this epic finish?
       The first time we saw this in the cinema at the Swedish premiere I clutched the arms of my seat for two hours and was so tense that my muscles ached for days afterwards.
       It hasn’t lost any of its power. I still clutch the arms of my chair.  McGonagall is magnificent. Neville is valiant. Snape is after all, a hero and not a villain.
       And Harry rises to the terrible challenge. He sacrifices his life, triumphs and then chooses ordinariness. Perfect.
       I start getting choked up when McGonagall defies Snape to defend Harry and Ginny jumps in front of him to protect him.   And I stay choked up more or less for the rest of the film, right up to when dad Harry gives advice to son Albus. I’m still choked up.
       They did it.  Harry isn’t the only one to triumph. The entire cast and crew have done the impossible – as did J.K. Rowling  – and given us a finale that outdoes even the first seven.

10* of 10

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