Two-part finales have become the norm for major film franchises, especially book series adaptations. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was one of the first major novels to split its movie adaptation in half, which meant that there was a deep learning curve for getting it done.
“Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is an excellent first try. Unlike other book series like “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” there is no exact or logical midpoint to split the story in half, but I think that this benefits “Deathly Hallows” because it genuinely makes the films feel like one big movie split in half. The other two franchises mentioned switched tones between film, which is not present in the Harry Potter finale.
“Deathly Hallows: Part 1” follows Harry and his friends searching for a way to defeat Voldemort for good. This film feels more like a fantasy quest film than any other, which brings out show-stopping action, character development, and a heart breaking ending.
This film alone is not flawless. “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” feels very much like the first part of an excellent movie, meaning while it may be really good, it’s still just the boring half of a film. This movie alone does not have the rewatchability of the other Harry Potter movies, including the second half. By itself, watching this movie is unsatisfying, which could either be a good or bad quality, depending on how you look at it.
This film also includes crucial plot exposition that I feel was included too late in the series. It would have been beneficial to the entire series to tease these important reveals before this film instead of waiting so late to introduce them. This is not necessarily a knock on this movie in particular but the series as a whole.
Overall, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is one of the most unique films in the Harry Potter series. There are so many good elements in the film that helps the viewer ignore its flaws. If you plan on watching this film, make sure you also plan on watching “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” soon after.
Filmnetic Grade: A-
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