The new movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I is in theaters!
In order to do it justice, I will be dividing this review into sections-Movie, Synopsis, Soundtrack, and Rating.
Harry Potter was an excellent movie. I’m not just saying that because I like the books, I really mean it. Director David Yates really uses head shots to a different level. The lighting effects really feed the mood of the movie. Of course, the acting is great. The locations seem to fit the movie. The movie also really follows the book closely. There were only two times when the film makers created new scenes. (see my Synopsis section) Many other reviewers feel the same way I do. I have a feeling that it may get in the Academy Awards, not for any major awards, but maybe for some small ones. ie; Best Special Effects, Best Sound Effects, etc.
As I mentioned earlier, the movie really follows the book. Here is a loose synopsis of the movie. (if you don’t want to read a spoiler, don’t read this section)
The movie starts out with the traditional Harry Potter opening sequence. (Warner Bros. logo zoom) Then, it proceeds to Hermione, who obliviates her parents’ memories so they won’t be tortured information about her out of them. The movie goes to Harry, who says goodbye to the Dursleys. (his aunt, uncle, and cousin) The movie shows Ron, then goes into the sky and does a similar zoom of the Harry Potter logo. Then, Severus Snape in Death Eater form apparates to Malfoy Manor. Voldemort talks there, and asks for Malfoy’s wand. The movie goes to Harry. He realizes members of the Order of the Phoenix are there to take him to Ron’s house. They use polyjuice potion for them to turn into a clone of Harry. They then use flying objects to take him to Ron’s house, but the Death Eaters fight with them. Voldemort attacks Harry, but his wand breaks. At Ron’s house, Harry kisses Ginny. (Ron’s sister) The minister of magic gives Harry, Ron, and Hermione the contents of Dumbledore’s will. (Dumbledore was Hogwarts’ headmaster until he was killed by Severus Snape) Harry then attends Ron’s brother’s wedding. The wedding is ruined by Death Eaters who have taken over the Ministry of Magic. The trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) escape to cafe, but are attacked by Death Eaters. They then decide to go to Harry’s dead godfather’s house to stay and make plans. They realize that one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes was a locket. (a horcrux is a piece of your soul) They realize the locket belongs to Dolores Umbridge, a Ministry of Magic employee. They sneak into the Ministry of Magic to get it from her. They successfully get it, but have no way to destroy it. While disapparating to the house they were staying in, a Death Eater grabs Hermione’s ankle, so they have to go on the run. They stay in a forest. While there, they try to destroy it. They keep going on the run for many months, with no hope of destroying the Horcrux. Ron gets tired of this and then leaves. Harry and Hermione visit Harry’s parents grave. While there, a strange lady, Bathilda Bagshot, beckons them. She leads them to her house, where a snake comes out of her and attacks them. Hermione casts a spell to defend herself, but breaks Harry’s wand. Harry and Hermione escape and keep on the hunt. One night, they dance! (added scene) Eventually, Harry is on watch and sees a doe. The doe leads him to a pond with the sword of Gryffindor in it. (the sword of Gryffindor can destroy Horcruxes) Harry dives into the pond with the locket on. So close to its destructor, the Horcrux almost chokes Harry, but Ron shows up and saves Harry. Then, once out of the pond, Harry convinces Ron to destroy the Horcrux. The Horcrux puts up a fight, but is eventually destroyed. Harry leads Ron back to Hermione, who demands an explanation. Ron gives one. After this, the trio goes back on the hunt. They go to Xenophilius Lovegood’s house. He tells them about the Deathly Hallows. (at this point, there is an animation of the Deathly Hallows story, the second added scene) However, Xenophilius had betrayed them and Death Eaters come. Miraculously, the trio escapes. They go back on the hunt. Soon, they are discovered by Death Eaters. They realize Harry is there, and bring the trio to Malfoy Manor. Once there, Bellatrix Lestrange tortures Hermione. Ron and Harry summon Dobby, a house-elf. Dobby is able to save them, but is stabbed with a knife and dies. Harry buries him. This is the last we see of the trio in this movie. The scene flashes to Voldemort. Voldemort has realized that Dumbledore had the Elder Wand (a Deathly Hallow) when he was buried. Voldemort is at Dumbledore’s tomb. Voldemort takes the wand, and triumphantly shoots lightning into the sky. This is the end of the movie.
The soundtrack was composed by Alexandre Desplat, a French composer. He did an excellent job. Using elements from all the instruments, he creates a beautiful score. Here are some of the best songs.
The Obliviation-This is the intro song and has a beautiful melody.
Snape to Malfoy Manor-This is the song when Snape arrives at Malfoy Manor. It uses slides (for strings) very efficiently and cleanly.
Sky Battle-Full of brass, this song is ready for battle. Quiet moments and edge-of-your-seat moments bring this piece together.
Ministry of Magic-This song sounds like a James Bond piece. Sneaky, it can catch you by suprise.
The Exodus-This song almost sounds wrong, but it uses that element to make it sound good.
The Deathly Hallows-This song is the background music for the Deathly Hallows animation. It is enchanting.
The Elder Wand-This is the last song in the movie. It is a great cliffhanger. It just keeps building and building.
To hear all the songs, go to this link.
Overall, this movie is the best movie in the franchise. I give it 3.75 out of 4 stars.
The movie is rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality.