The first part of the finale of the Harry Potter series is evidently a transition to the part two of the finale, so a bit of leniency may be required if it does not quite nail it. Nevertheless, it still disappoints to be perfectly honest.
As is the case for finale films that come in two parts, it could have been easily condensed into one movie. By combining the last half hour of Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) to what should follow in the second part, may have made for more genuine excitement and entertainment–through all of a single film.
A long stretch in the first half with Harry, Ron and Hermione, as they break from searching for Voldemort’s horcruxes in a quest to weaken him, may keep die-hard fans interested in the developing relationships between the three friends. It doesn’t come to much, however, even when Ron Weasley’s usually cool temper takes a turn for the worse.
Though deft special visual effects and a touch of action are the best bits earlier on, the last half is more entertaining than what preceded it.
Still very much a film series with a strong sense of magic which may be off-putting—I know I am noticing this more and more as the series progressed and for me it’s becoming stifling. It’s magic fictionalised, but still potent—which may be a tad strange or foreign and concerning for some, like a whole other world, be that an unlikeable one. All the same, it could have been all done and dusted in this film rather than waiting for the second part.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) **½ Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman. Director: David Yates.