Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Release Date: July 15, 2011
Director: David Yates
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures

Part 2 is the more action-oriented of the two movies, and after tying off a few loose ends at the beginning, dives into pretty much non stop action from there.  While Helena Bonham-Carter’s hammy performance as Bellatrix Lestrange irritates me, I absolutely love Helena Bonham-Carter’s interpretation of Hermione Granger playing as Bellatrix Lestrange. Any because any movie is improved by some Luna Lovegoodness, I think its great that Luna insists Harry speak with Helena Ravenclaw’s ghost, something not in the book (Also Kelly Macdonald joins Shirley Henderson as cast members of Intermission who also portray Hogwarts ghosts). The best part of the battle scenes is seeing Neville Longbottom coming into his own by destroying the bridge (not in the book), standing up to Voldemort,and killing Nagini.

The elephant in the room for this final movie is that Voldemort just isn’t all that scary.  Hugging Draco and laughing like a dork make him feel even less menacing than he ever has.been.  While there are several good character moments for heroes – both major and minor characters – the antagonist just seems to be there to be defeated at the right time.  Also, the epilogue is unsatifying/unnecessary but that’s true to the book.

Rating: ***

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