movie review by dahlia belinsky
For weeks on end, you and your friends have been talking incessantly about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. You’ve had your tickets at hand for days and, finally, the night has come.
You weathered through the mobs of people, yelled at the assholes that wouldn’t shut up during the movie – all for Harry Potter. Too bad the movie ended up being one of the worst of the series!
Director David Yates has been overseeing the movies since Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. He was left with the most difficult task of all; cleaning up the mess that Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell left after the third and fourth motion pictures respectively.
Any credibility that Yates had gained from the previous movies was lost. The movie is centered around Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), along with his close friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), finding the remaining Horcruxes with the arcane clues which Dumbledore had left for them in his will.
For the first time, there were no major gapping holes in the plot, with the exception of the five epically long chapters surrounding the trio’s time at Grimmauld Place. Sure they only glossed over (and paid no homage) to the multiple deaths that occured in the first half of the book, but not to worry, the director found a way to fill it up.
It doesn’t take a die-hard Harry Potter fan to see there’s a love triangle between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It also doesn’t take a genius to figure out who ends up with Hermione.
Yates found it important to highlight the relationships in the film. He really got the viewers feeling the sexual tension from these budding 17-year olds. Forget the fact that there’s a war going on and that their lives are constantly in danger. Nope, this truly had the vibe of a very dark chick flick. Guy likes girl. Girl likes guy. They won’t admit it. Friend gets jealous for no reason and so on and so forth. If I wanted this completely generic brand of sentimentality, I would have gone to see Life as we know it.
That was by far the biggest disappointment. There is a villain killing people and gaining control over the entire world. There are virtually no people fighting against him. People are confused, scared, and the lucky ones have to live in hiding. Clearly, this is no laughing matter.
Too bad, Yates didn’t interpret it like that. The movie was filled with comic relief. Yes, all movies need a bit of it, but the audience was laughing more than they were crying. Even in moments when the characters’ lives were in danger, or even when someone died, the director’s goal was to make the viewers laugh.
While there were a few intense moments, there was dead silence in the background. This can work from time to time to really give the audience chills. However, this was done consistently and the score was left forgotten. When the musical director was given the opportunity to shine, it never conveyed the right tone.
This isn’t to say the complete movie is garbage, granted there are positive aspects and they tried some new and interesting things, but they weren’t good enough to make us forget Yates’ flawed vision of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s now assumed that the movie was so bad so that the audiences’ expectations have been lowered so much that when the second part comes out, it’ll be the best Harry Potter movie to date.