Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

by Jason of New Movie Friday on November 20, 2010

in Movie Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (PG-13)
Released: November 19th, 2010
Runtime: 2 hr. 27 min.
Ticket Price: $6.00 Early Matinee
Refreshments: None
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon & Alan Rickman
Director: David Yates

Rating: Worth a Matinee

Synopsis: Harry, Hermione, and Ron are on a mission to destroy the Horcruxes that give Voldemort his immortality. Dark forces threaten to tear them apart, as they have to rely on each other more than ever. Death Eaters have taken control of both the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, as they continue to search for Harry.

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is “the very good first half of a really long movie.” Or, at least that was NewMovieFriday's Intant Twitter Review of HP7.1">my initial impression that I tweeted immediately upon leaving the theater, but wish to now amend. It is the first half of a potentially very good movie that’s really long.

After having some time to reflect on the seventh Harry Potter flick, a friend at work that night asked me what I thought of it. I told her that it was entertaining, but didn’t really work as a movie unto itself. I wasn’t really expecting it to, but it would have been nice if it had, since we have to wait months to see the conclusion. This was basically what I thought upon exiting the theater. Yet, in that discussion I also started talking about how long it was, how repetitive it felt at times, and how extraneous some of it may be.

I understand why they decided to break the final movie into two parts. Money! But, beyond that, one of the major complaints from fans, which have read the books (I have not), was that previous movies left things out. The books got longer and the movies stayed about the same length, roughly speaking. So, since the last book is one of the longest of the series and the final adventure of Harry Potter, it makes sense they would not want to not leave anything out and give fans of the series an epic ender to the film franchise.

Yet, because of the delay between the two parts, we won’t know what is really important in Part 1. Are there extraneous parts? Probably, but which ones? While it felt repetitive, was that a necessity to get all the information in that we’re going to need for the conclusion of the tale? Don’t know. And, won’t know until we see Part 2.

Harry Potter 7.1 is entertaining for the most part. While upon further thought it may have seemed overly long, while watching I never wondered how much longer it was going to be. Which is the telltale sign of whether a movie is good or not.

Overall, it’s worth a matinee. There is plenty of action, lots of fun humor, and the performances are good. It’s just hard to judge fully without all the information, which we won’t have until July 15th, 2011 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 hits theaters.

What did you think of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1?

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